Thousands of Brits eligible to claim extra £40 on top of £150 council tax rebate

Brits could claim extra money on top of the £150 council tax discount – so are you eligible?

The support can help the lowest-earning households managing rising bills as the cost of living crisis cripples the nation.

Under the terms of the council tax grant, households in property bands A to D can get a £150 rebate on this year's bills.

However, some areas could get even more to help with the rising costs, while others can potentially receive an extra £40 on top.

Also on top of the main rebate scheme, 300 councils have given a £144million discretionary fund.

The fund has been issued to local authorities to help households who are battling rising prices.

Support from the discretionary fund should consist of no more than £150 per household.

It has been left up to local authorities to decide and publish their own eligibility criteria.

Students living in halls might not be eligible unless they are exposed to rising energy prices like other households.

There is no timeline for when the payments start but authorities have to spend it by November or return to central government.

For example, Wyre Forest District Council is giving "top up" payments of £35 to households in all council tax bands.

You'll get the cash if you live in the region and can prove you're facing financial hardship.

Bromley is giving out £40 top-up payments to those in bands A-D getting council tax support.

In Hackney around 30,000 households getting a council tax reduction will automatically get an extra £30 payment.

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You will need to contact your local authority to find out how much they're distributing which can be done on GOV.UK website.

Most residents are eligible for the initial £150 council tax rebate should have been notified about their payments by now.

More than a dozen councils have also said that payments will start from May.

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