BARNSLEY Council is urging all households eligible for the latest council tax energy rebate to set up a direct debit to receive their payment.

Last week, the government announced new measures to support residents from rising energy costs - including a one-off payment of £150 council tax energy rebate to residents whose primary residence is in council tax band A to D.

Barnsley Council will be using its council tax billing information to identify those eligible and start making payments in April.

Coun Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesperson for core services, said: “As we see the rising cost of energy prices and, more generally, the surging cost of living, the announcement from the government last week to offer all eligible households a council tax rebate has been welcomed with open arms.

“As the local authority administering the payments, our priority now is to make the payments to all eligible households as quickly as we can.

“So, we would really urge as many households as possible to spend five minutes setting up a direct debit to make their council tax payments so we can get the payments to them and avoid residents needing to apply for their payment.”