Some Brits may have to wait for £150 council tax rebate due to ‘software delay’

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UK households expecting a £150 council tax refund this month as they battle the cost of living crisis may have to wait longer to receive it due to a software problem, according to the information

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £9billion package in February

Some Britons could be forced to wait months for their £150 council tax refund as they battle the cost of living crisis, due to a computer glitch, it is reported.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £9billion package in February to help families cope with the rising cost of living.

It includes a £150 rebate in April for English Tier A-D households that will not have to be repaid.

Another aid revealed by the Chancellor was a £200 rebate to meet the £700-a-year rise in average household energy bills this month.

But municipal taxpayers could face long delays for the money, with some councils warning they are facing technical problems, it is reported.







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Portsmouth City Council’s finance and resources manager, Chris Ward, said the ‘software for the rebates’ had not been provided by the government, the report reported. Daily mail.

This means that they are currently “testing” a software upgrade and he was hoping that most people who have direct debits would get paid this month, but others would get a rebate in May.

South Derbyshire Council has told residents they will not receive their refunds until June due to “software updates”, the Daily Mail also said.

And Bassetlaw District Council, Nottinghamshire, is also said to have warned of the delays.

The government is under pressure saying it is not doing enough to help people in difficulty.







People are being told they could face delays in receiving their refund, it is reported
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Boris Johnson has also had to defend the government against claims that the new energy strategy is not helping people with skyrocketing bills.

He said the strategy – which aims to boost new nuclear power, offshore wind and hydrogen – is a long-term plan focused on energy supply, “repairing the mistakes of the past and making the big decisions now. “.

He said the government is “already doing a lot to help people with the immediate cost of living and of course we are going to do more”.

The latest investment will support research, development and deployment of “advanced technologies”, the government said, adding that it was also releasing a “range of important documents and guidelines to support the development of these industries”.

A financial package, announced last Friday, includes £240m to fund low-carbon hydrogen generation projects, £5m for accelerating carbon capture and storage (CCUS) technologies and a £2.5 million competition for bidders to develop a UK Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR).

The Mirror has contacted Portsmouth City Council as well as South Derbyshire and Bassetlaw District Councils for comment.

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