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Energy Bills Rebate

Find out more about the Government's Energy Bills Rebate, when you receive a payment and how to claim.

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Government announces £150 payment to support with rising energy costs

On 3 February 2022, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced two schemes to help with rising energy bills:

-       a one-off payment of £150 to households in Council Tax Bands A-D, who are not exempt from Council Tax

-       a Discretionary Rebate scheme for those who need help with their energy bills but are not eligible

Only one £150 payment will be made per household, regardless of the number of occupants or liable Council Tax payers.  Currently the payment is not an automatic reduction from your Council Tax bill, however you can choose for the payment to reduce your Council Tax bill if you wish.

Applications close 30 June 2022. Energy Rebate payments unclaimed after this date will be used to reduce your Council Tax bill, a revised bill will be sent as confirmation.

The eligibility criteria:

-      The property is valued in Council Tax bands A - D on the 1 April 2022. This includes property that is valued in band E but has an alternative valuation band of band D, as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme;

-      The property is someone's sole or main residence;

-      The property is a chargeable dwelling, or in exemption classes:

  •  N (occupied solely by full time students),
  •   S (occupied by people under the age of 18),
  •   U (occupied by someone who is severely mentally impaired) or
  •   W (annexes occupied by dependant relative).

-      The person who is liable to pay the Council Tax (or would be were the property not exempt) is not a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the Government or Governmental body.

A property that meets all the criteria but has a nil Council Tax liability as a result of local Council Tax Support/Reduction, will be eligible. Second homes and empty properties will not be eligible.

You can check your Council Tax band here Check Council Tax Band 

When will I receive this payment?

If you already pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, you do not need to do anything, the payment will be credited to your account. We expect that most people who pay Council Tax by Direct Debit will start to receive their payment from Friday 6 May. The payment will usually be made to the bank account from which the Direct Debit is taken, you will receive notification of payment by email or letter.

For those who do not pay by Direct Debit, you will need to complete an application form to claim your payment. Energy rebate - application form 

Applications close 30 June 2022. Energy Rebate payments unclaimed after this date will be used to reduce your Council Tax bill, a revised bill will be sent as confirmation.

Request Council Tax Bill credit instead of payment Energy Rebate Bill Reduction 

Energy Bills Rebate Local Discretionary scheme

In addition to the Energy Rebate payment the Government has announced a local discretionary energy rebate scheme.

Households in receipt of either Council Tax Support/Reduction as at 1 April 2022, in a Council Tax Band A, B, C, D (including a property in band E disabled band reduction scheme), will receive an initial payment of £150, then an extra £30 will be awarded, totalling £180 for those residents on a low income.

Households in receipt of either Council Tax Support/Reduction as at 1 April 2022, in a Council Tax Band E, F, G or H will receive a single payment of £180.

If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit you will automatically receive this payment into your bank account, if you do not pay by Direct Debit please complete the online application form to claim your payment. Energy rebate - application form

The closing date for applications to the discretionary scheme is 1 November 2022.

Fraud Awareness

The Government has asked Councils to undertake assurance processes to prevent incorrect payments and minimise the risk of fraud.

These steps will include either:

  • Deferring the rebate grant payment until after the first direct debit payment for council tax in 2022-23 has been taken.
  • Asking tax payers to self-certify that they meet the eligibility criteria

The Government will not tolerate any council tax payer falsifying their records or providing false evidence to gain access to the Council Tax rebate grant or the Discretionary fund.
A council tax payer who provides false information or makes false representation in order to benefit may be guilty of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.

Please note: We will not be calling you to ask you for bank details. Do not provide your bank details to anyone claiming to be from us or one of our partner councils.