Council seeks 5,000 households near Banbury who have not claimed tax rebate

Council bosses have put out a reminder to 5,000 householders who are eligible for a £150 rebate on their council tax – and have only 12 days to claim it.

A spokesman for Cherwell District Council said: “We’ve paid out the government’s £150 council tax rebates to 88 per cent of eligible households.

“But there are around 5,000 households who don't pay by direct debit and need to apply by Sunday, July 31 to get the money credited to their bank accounts.”

The government announced in February an initiative to help households with rising energy costs; this being certain households qualifying for a rebate of £150.

Cherwell has made payment to more than 88 per cent of eligible properties to date. For those properties that have not yet applied, if they wish for the £150 to be paid to your bank account they must apply by the deadline.

Letters have been issued throughout May and June providing residents with the necessary information to allow for an application to be made.

If an application is not received by July 31, the £150 payment will automatically be transferred to the Council Tax account for eligible customers. Once the payment has been credited to the Council Tax account, a revised bill will be issued.

If you are eligible for the payment but do not wish to receive the £150 please contact the department at [email protected] You will need to quote your Council Tax account number and ‘refusal of energy payment’ in the subject line of the email.

To claim the rebate you must be the liable person for council tax; the property must be in band A-D inclusive; the property must be your main home as of April 1, 2022.

If your property is in band E and you are eligible for a disabled band reduction then you will also get the £150 payment.

Properties are not eligible if they are second homes, houses of multiple occupation (HMO) or unoccupied. To apply online visit

For more information about how to seek support to meet rising energy costs and funds available please go to