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Councils across Lancashire have released details of when – and how – residents will receive a £150 payment to help with rising energy bills.

In February the Government announced a one-off payment of £150 for certain households to help with rising energy bills, known as the Council Tax Rebate, and a £200 rebate on their energy bill this autumn for domestic electricity customers to be automatically reimbursed over the next five years.

The Government will pay the funding to councils in March and is also making £144m available to be used by councils to make an optional payment for those in Band EH or those not paying council tax.

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Eligible are those residing in properties on April 1 that meet all of the following criteria:

  • It is rated in Council tax bands A – D. This includes properties that are rated in Band E but have an alternative rating band of Band D due to the disability band reduction system;
  • It is one’s only or primary residence;
  • It is an apartment subject to charges or in the exemption classes N, S, U or W; and
  • The person who is liable (or would be if the property were not exempt) to pay council tax is not a local authority, corporation or other entity such as a housing association, the government or any governmental agency.

Residents who pay by Direct Debit will have the discount deposited directly into their bank account. Empty objects and those in the EH bands are not eligible for payment. You can check which band your property is in on the GOV.UK website.

Local governments will also operate a discretionary system to support those living in the Bands EH or those on low incomes and those not paying council tax due to the municipality’s tax break.

The following information was released by each council (in alphabetical order) as of March 21 about when the rebate will be paid and how many homes in each county are eligible for the rebate

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council: The rebate is paid end of April. This is transferred directly to the bank account associated with the municipal tax. If you choose not to pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment. There are a total of 57,970 houses in Band AD in Blackburn and Darwen.

Blackpool Council: Residents must sign up for Direct Debit until Friday, March 25, 4 p.m to have the rebate sent directly to your bank – the council is currently working on a system for those not paying by direct debit but warns it ‘may take longer’. There are 69,150 houses in Band AD in Blackpool.

Burnley Borough Council: The rebate is paid In April directly to the bank account linked to the municipal tax accounts. If you choose not to pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment. There are 40,100 houses in Band AD in Burnley.

Chorley Council: The rebate is paid In April directly to the bank account linked to the municipal tax accounts. If you choose not to pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment. There are 43,240 houses in Band AD in Chorley.

Fylde Council: Residents must sign up for direct debit until Friday 25 March to have the rebate deposited directly into your bank. If you choose not to pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment. There are 30,150 houses in Band AD in Fylde.

Hyndburn Borough Council: The rebate is paid through April, 30th directly to the bank account linked to the municipal tax accounts. If you choose not to pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment. There are 35,760 houses in Band AD in Hyndburn.

Lancaster City Council: Has not yet confirmed when council tax refund will be paid but is ‘working’ on procedure for reduction. There are 58,400 households in Band AD in Lancaster.

Pendle Borough Council: The rebate is paid In April directly to the bank account linked to the municipal tax accounts. If you choose not to pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment. There are 37,250 houses in Band AD in Pendle.

Preston City Council: Has not confirmed when the tax refund will be paid but has said it will be paid directly into the bank account linked to the borough’s tax accounts. If you choose not to pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment. There are 58,940 homes in Band AD in Preston.

Ribble Valley Borough Council: The rebate is paid end of April. This is transferred directly to the bank account associated with the municipal tax. If you choose not to pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment. There are 19,080 houses in Band AD in the Ribble Valley.

Rossendale Council: The rebate is paid In April directly to the bank account linked to council tax accounts after your first monthly installment has been settled. Residents must have set up a direct debit by March 17 to receive the rebate via bank transfer. If you choose not to pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment. There are 29,000 homes in Band AD in Rossendale.

South Ribble Borough Council: The rebate is paid In April directly to the bank account linked to the municipal tax accounts. If you choose not to pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment. There are 43,720 houses in Band AD in South Ribble.

West Lancashire Borough Council: Has not confirmed when the council tax refund will be paid but has said it will be paid directly into the bank account linked to the council tax accounts. If you choose not to pay by direct debit you will be contacted directly to arrange payment but this will take longer. There are 41,040 houses in Band AD in West Lancashire.

Wyre Council: Has not confirmed when the council tax refund will be paid but has said it will be paid directly into the bank account linked to the council tax accounts. If you choose not to pay by direct debit you will be contacted directly to arrange payment but this will take longer. There are 44,090 houses in Band AD in Wyre.