THE GOVERNMENT’S £150 council tax rebate payments for band A to D households to combat energy bill rises are being sent out by Wychavon District Council between now and the end of May.
Residents who pay their council tax through direct debit do not need to do anything and payments will be sent straight to accounts.
Those paying their council tax using other methods will be able to claim the payment through a special voucher, which will be sent out to people from the end of May.
People can claim the money by taking the voucher to the Post Office.
Wychavon is also finalising the details of a discretionary scheme which allows councils to make a similar payment to people in Band E to H properties who are on low incomes.
The council has urged people not to give bank details out after reports in other parts of the country of phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be from local authorities.
Some changes needed to be made to the council’s systems to allow the payments to be made and the authority is now in a position to start getting this much-needed help out to people as quickly as possible.
The council said those paying by direct debit should email Revenues@southworcestershirerevenues.gov.uk using
Energy Rebate in the subject line if they had not received the payment by June 1.
Anyone who received a suspect scam phone call should report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk