SILHILLIANS are being urged to pay Council Tax by direct debit to help speed up rebate payments for help towards energy costs.
This comes after Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced £150 council tax rebate as part of a wider package being put into place to support families amid rising global energy costs.
This will be a one-off payment will be made on behalf of central government, by local authorities, direct to eligible households in council tax bands A-D.
Councillor Bob Sleigh, cabinet member for Resources said: “We won’t know exactly who is eligible until the detailed guidance comes from Government – but as a Council we want to ensure we are as prepared as we can be to process payments efficiently.
“Our priority is to make sure every Solihull resident entitled to this payment gets it as soon as possible – so if you don’t yet pay by direct debit, I’d urge you to sign up now.”
Currently Solihull has around 67,462 properties in council tax bands A–D and the council say it would be a help to them and residents for as many households as possible to pay council tax by direct debit.
The council added it would also mean more efficient council tax collection, it would also cut Council spending on things like paper, envelopes and postage, helping to reduce our carbon footprint.
Coun Sleigh added: “Ideally people should sign up for an online Council customer account where they will then be able to set up a council tax direct debit, which is by far the safest way.
“If you’re struggling to do this yourself, or need some help, you can telephone our contact centre, who will be able to advise or set it up for you over the phone.
“Then, if you’re eligible, you should be at the front of the queue for your payment.”
For more or to set up a direct debit click here or call the council’s contact centre for help on 0121 704 8100.