MILLIONS of households will be getting £150 payment to help with the rising cost of energy bills.
The Council Tax rebate will be paid to four in five households- but when can you expect the cash to arrive?
The payment will come directly from your local council, so it will vary based on where you live.
There have also been some warnings from local authorities that households could face delays.
Some could be waiting until September for the help to land in their accounts.
But others have already been paid – here's what you need to know.
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What is the Council Tax rebate?
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the support in February as part of a package to support for households struggling with the rising cost of living.
It comes at the same time as energy bills are rocketing by hundreds of pounds, after the price cap was raised by 54% on April 1.
The typical dual fuel bill on standard tariffs is now £700 higher, on average, but the exact amount more you'll pay will depend on your usage.
Some households are also facing a council tax bill increase of up to 5% for the year ahead – piling the pressure on already stretched budgets.
Mr Sunak said the £150 rebate would be paid out from April.
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Who is eligible for the £150 council tax rebate?
Households in England in council tax bands A to D will receive a £150 repayment from April.
That amounts to around 80% of households in England, the government said.
Scotland and Wales are offering a similar scheme, but the way it's paid is different.
Council tax bands are based on a property's value – more expensive properties are charged a higher rate.
You can find out which band you're in by using the government's search tool – you just need to enter your postcode.
You could challenge your council tax band if you think it's wrong so you don't miss out on the cash.
But beware a revaluation of your band could put you in a lower band where you pay MORE council tax, so consider the risks – you can read more in our guide.
When will I get the £150 council tax rebate?
Most people who pay their council tax by direct debit will have the amount paid straight into their bank accounts.
Councils have been told to make the payments from April 1 onwards – but the exact date you get yours will depend on where you live.
People who already have direct debits set up to pay bills are likely to get their payment soooner.
Some councils have said that they will only be making the £150 payment after your April bill amount as been taken.
This means you may have to wait longer if you pay your bill later on in the month.
The exact date can vary as it depends when it processes the payments and how long it takes.
Anyone with a direct debit shouldn't have to apply for the cash.
Households which don't pay by direct debit will be contacted by the council to apply.
How to do this and when you'll get the payment will depend on your council.
You should check with your local council to find out how to submit your claim.
Unlike the £200 energy bills payment, also announced in February, the £150 council tax rebate will not have to be repaid.
Thousands of households have already received the rebate – we've rounded up who's got it here.
Sunderland City Council, Leeds City Council, Bracknell Forest Council and Arun District Council are among the authorities dishing out the cash this week.
Why haven't I got my £150 Council Tax rebate yet?
Many households are still yet to see the help reach them.
North Tyneside Council has described the rebate scheme as a "significant challenge", while Hastings Council and Colchester Council have warned of delays.
There are a number of reasons behind the local council delays.
The technology councils needed to pay the cash in one go to all households is coming up against issues, according to reports.
While some councils are trying to set up systems for those households who don't pay council tax via direct debit to apply for the help – because they can't get the payment automatically.
And of course, you might pay your council tax manually instead of by a direct debit.
What other help can I get with my Council Tax bill?
If you're not eligible for the one-off refund, you should check whether you qualify for any other help.
A separate £144million fund has also been launched which local councils can dish out to vulnerable and low income households.
Each council has been given a different amount, and the support will be worth up to £150 to individuals.
The pot of cash each area gets depends on size and need, so for example Birmingham has £3.6 million, while the Isles of Scilly have £17,550.
Some households can get a separate discount on their council tax bill, while others don't have to pay anything at all.
For example, students and some pension credit claimants are completely exempt from having to pay.
Meanwhile, single people are entitled to 25% off their bill, while an adult living with a student can get 50% off.
If you are on a low income or receiving benefits, you could eligible for a reduction on your council tax.
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The requirements vary depending on where you live, so first step is to check with your local council.
You can apply for a reduction through the Government website.
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