A city region area is one of just 20 places around the country where council tax payers are yet to start receiving their £150 rebate.
Halton Borough Council revealed at the start of the month that residents won’t begin to receive the money until May.
This is later than most areas where cash began flowing into direct debit bill payers’ accounts in April.
Rebates are being paid as part of a Government scheme intended to ease the burden of spiralling fuel costs amid a wider cost of living crisis.
The Daily Mirror reported on Wednesday that calls to local authorities around the country showed that Halton was one of only 20 areas yet to start paying the rebates, which are available to bill payers in homes under council tax bands A to D, with some in bands E to H eligible under a discretionary scheme.
Direct debit accounts will receive the rebate first, while other payers will be contacted later with information on how to receive the money.
Halton Council told the ECHO the borough’s payments are behind other areas because of “software changes” needed to process the one-off £150 transfers, but added there were further practical reasons why waiting makes sense.
A council spokesman said: “£150 energy rebate payments will only be made with effect from May 2022.
“This is due to…