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Important information for Droitwich residents regarding Government's £150 'energy hike' payments

Ryan Smith 7th May, 2022

RESIDENTS in Droitwich in council tax band A to D homes due to get the £150 payments as part of the Government’s scheme to help with energy price rises should receive them by the end of May.

Wychavon District Council, which is administering the payments, aims to make them before the end of the month for those who pay their council tax via Direct Debit.

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 that will allow councils to make a similar payment to people in Band E to H properties who are on low incomes.

They have 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 the council.

Coun Martin King, Executive Board Member for Resources and Investment on Wychavon District Council, said: “We have had to make some changes to our systems to allow us to make these payments but I am pleased to say we are now in a position to start getting this much-needed help out to people as fast as we possibly can.

“If you can sign up to pay by Direct Debit then I would encourage you to do so as it’s a convenient way to pay and will ensure you get your Energy Bills Rebate as soon 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 have not received the money by June 1.

Anyone who suspects they have received phone calls from fraudsters relating to the payment should report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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