Sunak makes you wait; if you were banking on Tory council tax rebate, you’re in trouble

Rishi Sunak: the cowboy Chancellor.

People who were told they’d receive a £150 council tax rebate in April have been betrayed by Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

He – and the Treasury – are now saying council taxpayers whose homes are in Bands A, B, C or D will receive the money from April.

In practical terms, people who pay by Direct Debit are first in the queue – but are not likely to get their cash until May or June.

Those who don’t – around a third of council taxpayers – may have to wait until September or later. They are being told to wait to be contacted by their councils to arrange payment – but that is expected to draw the process out even longer.

The Treasury is saying: “We’ve always been clear, including in our press notice and the leaflet which went out to millions of households, that the £150 council tax rebate to help with the cost of living would be paid ‘from’ April.”

This is a lie; the BBC has demonstrated that the wording of Treasury documentation changed between February and this month.

So those of us who were encouraged to believe a vital cash injection was on its way have been deceived by a Chancellor who is so rich personally that he has absolutely no concept of how important it is for people to receive government funding when the government originally promised it.

There is no justification for this. It’s irresponsible.

People are facing serious financial cash-flow difficulties because of conditions created by Sunak and by Tories before him – the largest number of tax rises in 40 years; Brexit-prompted price rises and inflation; energy price rises and so on.

They have ordered their household budgets in the belief that they would receive this council tax rebate at a particular time – and now that isn’t happening.

Unacceptable. Sunak is a cowboy, not a chancellor.

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7 thoughts on “Sunak makes you wait; if you were banking on Tory council tax rebate, you’re in trouble

  1. Peter Ehlers

    OK, he said APRIL.
    He didn’t specify what year!!
    You cannot take anything that these people say at full value.
    Thinking back the “Boris bus” comes to my mind, and so many other obfuscations and half truths we have heard since.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      You make a good point!

      In fairness, though, I think the Treasury’s comments make it clear that it was April 2022 that was under consideration.

  2. S J Salter

    Yet again leaving persons on legacy benefits.. Waiting the longest time where it is needed the most..
    Most benefit claimants generally do mot have their c.t. On debits..

  3. S J Salter

    Again legacy benefit claimants will wait the longest and need it more as we already were discriminated against the £20 uplift and generally do not have their c.t. On debit as mthly dated payments dont apply to legacy benefits

  4. david

    Mike – got our ‘voucher today have to go into post office with a valid passport or driving licence and a recent proof of address [ie paper bill], we don’t drive and can’t afford holidays. But will probably have to spend £75.50 to claim the £150. Complained to our MP – but not expecting any help there

  5. Stu

    If you dig a little deeper you’ll find that the excuse used by many Councils is their software system supplied by Capita – what a surprise !

    You will also find that the BBC headline on the matter shifted the blame to the recipents.
    The original headline was “Sunak breaks promise”, changed to “People are confused”.

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