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Energy rebate payments continue to be paid out to eligible Islanders

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The Isle of Wight Council continues to work hard to make energy rebate payments to eligible residents as swiftly as possible.

The government is providing a £150 rebate to council taxpayers in bands A-D (and E if in receipt of disabled persons reduction) to help with rising energy costs. This is a one-off payment and will not have to be repaid.

The council has made a total of 43,413 payments equating to more than £6.5 million. Of these, 34,772 have been to those that pay by direct debit – 93 per cent of direct debit account holders – and 8,641 to cash payers.

The letters sent out to people who pay by cash contain a unique code. This code enables the resident to complete a short application online so payment can be made.

If you pay by cash, please allow a couple of weeks for it to arrive.

If you pay by cash and have already made an application but have not yet received a payment, you should receive a reply asking you to supply us with a copy of your bank statement to confirm account details — it does not need to show any of your transactions.

We are asking for this evidence because central government requires us to do fraud checking to ensure payments are made to the correct person. On some accounts the names do not exactly match those of the party liable for council tax and these need to be manually verified with a bank statement.

If you receive this letter, you can either email a copy of your bank statement to council.tax@iow.gov.uk, drop it to a council help centre or send it by post to: Revenues Services, PO Box 238, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 9FP.

If you have received this letter and have not yet made an application, please visit: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Benefits-Council-Tax-and-Business-Rates/Council-Tax-Services/Council-Tax/Energy-rebate

Earlier this week the council launched a new discretionary scheme to assist those not eligible for an energy rebate under the main scheme.

Eligible households in council tax bands E to H can apply for a discretionary payment of £150 to help with rising energy prices as part of the scheme.

Full details including how to apply can also be found here: www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Benefits-Council-Tax-and-Business-Rates/Council-Tax-Services/Council-Tax/Energy-rebate