£150 energy rebate
The government recently announced a package of measures to help households with rising energy bills.
This includes a £150 rebate which will be paid to households in Council Tax bands A to D.
Payments are now being made by a letter that will be issued to your household to allow collection of the rebate from the Post Office.
If you pay your council tax by direct debit from your bank account, and meet the eligibility criteria below, your £150 rebate has already been sent to this account.
Please check your bank account before contacting us.
If you have not received a rebate payment, you did not meet the direct debit payment criteria when these payments were made. Your rebate eligibility will be checked and, if you qualify, payment will be made by Post Office letter in the next few weeks.
Please note – This is a government scheme and payments are being made in accordance with national guidelines.
The eligibility criteria to receive the payment is:
- The property is in Council Tax bands A – D. 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; and
- It is someone’s sole or main residence; and
- There is a liability to pay Council Tax or it is in the following exemption classes:
- N – Fully occupied by full time qualifying students
- S – Occupied by under 18’s (however, liability normally sits with the landlord or a care provider – mostly a company)
- U – All residents are Severely Mentally Impaired
- W – Occupied separately assessed annexes occupied by a dependant relative (i.e. granny annexes)
To receive any payment the property must satisfy these qualifying criteria as at 1 April 2022.
Local authorities, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or governmental body are not eligible.
Second homes and unoccupied properties will not be eligible for a payment.
Households do not need to apply for the payment, you will receive a letter to take to the Post Office.
Payment letters are now being issued and this will continue over the coming weeks.
Crediting the payment to Council Tax accounts
We are unable to directly credit Council Tax accounts as Government guidance states that a payment must be made where possible.
Unless we find that the money has been fraudulently claimed you do not need to pay this money back, even if you move shortly after payment.
If someone else pays my Council Tax for you
If someone pays your Council Tax for you by direct debit, we will need to find an alternative way to make the payment. If Council Tax is not paid by direct debit then any payment will be sent to the person liable to pay Council Tax, which would probably be you.
Waiting for my property to be banded for Council Tax
When the decision is made by the Valuation Office and if the eligibility criteria are met then you will receive a payment.
Appealing your Council Tax banding
Only those properties that had an appeal lodged with the Valuation Office prior to 3 February 2022 would be eligible.
More than one person liable to pay Council Tax
Payments are made on behalf of the household, and only one payment can be made per household. The payment will go to the Direct Debit payer or the first named person on the Council Tax bill.
Affecting any other benefits
This payment will be disregarded and you do not need to tell anyone about it.
If you do not wish your payment to be swallowed up by your overdraft you can ask your bank for something called a “first right of appropriation on the £150 payment”. You can send them a letter and then the bank will not use it to pay off any overdraft. A sample letter is available.
A discretionary scheme will also be developed for residents not in Band A to D and further details will be provided shortly.