Huntingdonshire residents are being urged to pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit as they could receive a £150 government rebate quicker.

As part of the government’s initiative to help households with rising energy costs, they have announced a one-off £150 payment for those living in properties in bands A-D (with some exceptions). While the money will be paid straight into the bank accounts of those who have a Direct Debit set up with their local council, anyone paying by any other means will need to make a claim. Once final details and guidance for the scheme have been released, the council will contact households. Updates will also be provided on this website.

To make sure residents receive the payment as soon as possible, if they are eligible, they should sign up to pay Council Tax by Direct Debit. People are expected to receive the payment by the end of April.

Signing up for Direct Debit to receive the rebate means that monthly Council Tax instalments will also be taken by Direct Debit. Paying by Direct Debit means you can choose for the money to come out of your account on either the 1st or 15th of each month, while customers who pay by other methods can only pay on the 15th of each month.

Cllr Jonathan Gray, Executive Councillor for Strategic Finance, said: "We urge people to sign up to Direct Debit to pay their Council Tax, so the rebate gets into their account as quickly as possible. We would also ask Huntingdonshire residents to help spread the word and in particular encourage people with homes in council tax bands A-D, who may not be aware of the rebate, to sign up for Direct Debit in order to receive their money easier and faster."

For more information, visit the Energy Bill Rebate page.