Following the Chancellor’s announcement on 3 February 2022, households in England which are in Council Tax bands A to D will receive a £150 payment from April 2022 to help with the cost of living. This is known as the £150 Council Tax Rebate.

The rebate will not need to be repaid.

Who is eligible?

The £150 Council Tax Rebate is available to all households in Council Tax bands A to D, (or are in band E and qualify for the disabled band reduction) and consists of a one-off payment of £150 from April 2022 to eligible households. The rebate will not need to be repaid.

You must be liable for the Council Tax bill on the 1 April 2022 at the property to be eligible for the rebate, you will still be eligible if you receive 100% Council Tax Support, or are exempt under class N, S, U or W.

Empty homes or second homes are not eligible for the rebate.

Only one £150 payment will be made per household, regardless of the number of occupants or liable Council Taxpayers and is to support all members of the household.

Check your Council Tax band

How will I get the payment?

If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit

If you are eligible, a payment will be made into your bank account. This must be the same account that is used to pay the Council Tax.

Payments will start in May 2022, for households who have paid their April instalment. This will enable us to verify your bank details. 

If you have recently set up a Direct Debit, once a payment has been received and cleared, we will aim to make a payment in June. However, depending on your first direct debit payment date, we may invite you to apply online for the £150 energy rebate .

If the bank account details do not match the Council Tax bill payer, you may need to follow the non-Direct Debit process below. We will contact you if this is the case.

The payment will be made on the assumption that you were a liable Council Tax payer (or would have been if the property were not exempt) and that the property met the criteria set out above on 1  April 2022. 

If you do not pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit

You will need to make an application for the payment. We will contact all households in this category to invite applications. You will have the option for a payment to be made direct to your bank account or through a credit to your Council Tax bill.

We will update this website when you are able to do this. We will aim to contact non-Direct Debit payers during May with payment being made in June.

If eligible households that need to apply have not applied for their rebate by mid-August 2022, Wirral Council will credit your Council Tax account, so you do not lose the £150.

For residents who are unable to make an online application, we will publish further information about how to apply in due course.

If you sign up to pay your Council Tax by direct debit, this may make it easier for us to pay your £150 rebate if you are eligible.

 Sign up for Direct Debit

To get your bills electronically please sign up for e-billing via Wirral My Account

Read the full guidance about the £150 Council Tax Rebate on GOV.UK

Beware of scams

Please do not give any bank details to a person over the phone. We will not ring and ask you to provide them over the phone.

If you are contacted and are unsure, do not provide any information and contact the council directly.

Find out more about Council Tax scams

Discretionary fund

Wirral Council will also introduce a discretionary fund, which is likely to include, a one-off payment of up to £150 to those in Council Tax bands E to H, who are in receipt of Council Tax Support, however, there will be additional locally determined qualifying criteria. These will be published in the near future.

There will be an application process for this.

Our agreed discretionary scheme will be published on this website once determined.