A COUNCIL has reassured the public it has begun its tax rebate payments.

The £150 rebate is part of a £9billion relief package announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak earlier this year and has been available to eligible Britons since last month.

Braintree Council has confirmed it has begun its tax rebate payments to customers, adding millions have already been given back to residents in the district.

Finance boss at Braintree Council John McKee said: “We started issuing the £150 to customers who pay by their council tax by Direct Debit back in April and to date we have paid over 37,500 customers totalling [more than] £5.6million.

“Our teams have worked extremely hard to ensure customers get their payment as soon as possible and we’ve received positive feedback from residents about how quickly we have issued payments to them compared to other authorities.

“We have already started writing to residents who do not pay by Direct Debit to obtain their details so we can make payment.

“We are also currently working on a discretionary funding scheme that will help to support those who are not eligible for the £150 rebate and will be publishing details soon.”