£150 Council Tax Rebate: How do I claim my Scottish Council Tax Rebate, Council Tax Groups and when will it be paid?

On February 10, Scottish Finance Minister Kate Forbes confirmed a £290 million support package for people affected by the rising cost of living, including a tax credit for some Scottish households.

This is because the cost of living continues to rise, people are facing higher taxes and rising costs for food and other necessities.

For example, Ofgem has announced that the average UK electricity bill will rise by just under £700 a year after a 54% price cap increase.

Finance Minister Keith Forbes arrives for Debate Stage 3: The Scottish Budget 2022-23 at the Scottish Parliament Holyrood, Edinburgh. Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/PA Wire.

In England, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised a £150 council tax rebate for most households south of the border.

Decentralized countries have also developed similar plans for their citizens.

Here’s what you need to know.



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What is the Scottish Council Tax Rebate?

Ms Forbes has announced a £150 council tax break for eligible households.

Announcing the financial support measures, she said: “First, we will provide £150 to every household receiving a council tax reduction across all council tax bands.

“The Council Tax Reduction Scheme is already identifying the households most in need and will allow us to target this intervention.

“Secondly, I will provide funding to local authorities to transfer £150 to other employed households in the A to D ranges in Scotland.”

The money will either be provided as a direct payment by local authorities or used as a loan to pay municipal tax bills, Ms Forbes said.

The Treasury Secretary also announced an additional £10m to the Fuel Security Fund “to help households at risk of shutting down or self-rationing their energy consumption due to unsustainable fuel costs”.

For businesses, Ms Forbes said there will be an additional £16m for cultural events facing cancellation, £7.5m for Scottish tour operators, £3.5m for outbound travel agents and £3m for restoring the city center to improve attendance.

One-time grants totaling £6.5m will be provided to the childcare sector, including nannies.

Am I eligible for Scottish council tax relief?

All households in groups A to D will receive a £150 payment or reduction from their council tax bill, as will households in other groups who are already eligible for reduced rates.

Ms Forbes said that means 73% of Scottish households – about 1.85 million people – will receive the money.

But she conceded that it is “an imperfect scheme” and does not go far enough to support Scots who have been hit by rising electricity bills.

“In terms of the problems we are facing right now, I think the measures we have outlined will not go that far,” she said.

“I know that the cost of living crisis is affecting households that are not receiving benefits and are not qualifying for council tax cuts. And they also face challenges.

“We must strive to do everything possible to ensure that those households and families on the edge of the poverty line do not cross it.”

When will we receive the council tax rebate?

If you normally pay council tax by direct debit, your council tax credit will be credited directly to your bank account in April.

You don’t have to do anything to apply, but payment will be made automatically.

If you do not pay y by direct debit, your local council will contact you to arrange payment.

Council Tax Groups

To find out if you qualify for a council tax credit, you first need to find out which council tax group you are in.

Additional reporting by PA journalists.

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