Council tax rebates issued to 20,000 Oadby & Wigston residents

Published: Tuesday, 31 May 2022

All 20,000 residents automatically due the £150 council tax energy rebate payment in Oadby & Wigston have now either received their payment or a letter advising them on how to claim it.

Councils across the country have been tasked with administering payments to households whose property falls into council tax bands A-D, to support with rising energy bills.

The deadline set by Government for making payments is September, but Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC) has been able to roll out the core scheme before the end of May.

In total, 13,500 households received their payments directly to their bank accounts while a further 6,500 have been posted a letter than enables them to collect £150 from the Post Office.

Councillor John Boyce, Leader of OWBC, said: “We know how important these payments are to our residents and we’ve had our teams working flat out to pay the money as quickly as possible.

“We’re proud to be in the position we’re in before the end of May, with £3 million either paid to residents or now available to collect as soon as they take their letter and ID to the Post Office.

“Our attention now turns to the discretionary element of the scheme and rolling this out as soon as possible.”

The discretionary fund is a far smaller amount of £72,450 that the borough council has received from Government to support residents that do not qualify for the core scheme or provide additional support to residents that qualified for the main scheme.

The council has decided on the discretionary scheme criteria but further work and additional computer software is needed to administer the payments. For further information and to follow progress on this, visit www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk/rebate