Council tax £150 energy rebate

To help people deal with rising energy costs, the Government announced that households which are in Council Tax bands A to D will receive a £150 rebate. This rebate is not part of the Council Tax system so it will be paid separately.  It will not show on your annual Council Tax bill from the Council.

What is the Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme?

The Council Tax Energy Rebate is a scheme to pay £150 to households in Council Tax bands A, B, C and D to help with the costs of rising energy bills. It’s part of a package of measures announced by the Government on 3 February 2022.

Will this show on my Council Tax bill?

Despite the name, it’s not part of the Council Tax system so you won’t see a reduction on your annual bill. The scheme uses information held for Council Tax purposes as the basis to work out who is eligible to receive the one-off payment of £150.

Who is eligible for this rebate?

You are eligible for this rebate if your home is in Council Tax band A to D and you were the liable person for council tax on 1 April 2022.  This also includes any band E property paying the equivalent of band D where disabled relief has been applied. Please note:

  • The property must be occupied.
  • The property must be someone's sole or main residence.
  • Payments must be made to the liable Council Tax-payer.
  • The property must be a chargeable dwelling.

Properties with the following exemptions will also be eligible:

  • Class N - students.
  • Class S - under 18.
  • Class U - severe mental impairment.
  • Class W - occupied annexe.

Accounts in receipt of Council Tax Reduction (CTR) will be eligible.

Any properties that are unoccupied, classed as a second home, or the liable party is a local authority, corporate body, housing association, or government body, will not be eligible for the £150 Energy Bills Rebate.

How are we paying people?

Payments will be made to the account we hold for people who pay by Direct Debit. To provide assurance that rebates are only made to those eligible, we will complete pre-assurance checks and issue the payment at the earliest opportunity.

What if I don’t pay by Direct Debit?

We will ask you to complete a simple, short online form to request the payment. We are required to make sure the bank account is in the name of the person who is liable for Council Tax. We must also carry out verification on the bank details for those who do not currently pay by direct debit.

When are we paying people?

If you currently pay by Direct Debit and we are able to verify all your details, a payment will be made automatically. We are expecting that direct debit users will automatically receive their payment from the end of May onwards.

For those customers who have recently set up a direct debit we will need to verify your details by taking an initial payment before the rebate can be paid. If an application form is required, payment will be made once an application is received and eligibility is confirmed. We are required to make all payments by the end of September.

In most cases, for those with a direct debit, we are expecting to be able to pay without the need for an application. However, if we are unable to confirm someone is eligible and meet the criteria at the end of the day on 1 April, we will be asking them to complete a brief declaration to confirm their eligibility. This may mean a slight delay in payment for some, but we believe this is necessary to ensure we only pay the rebate to where it is genuinely intended. For example, someone may have recently moved home. Any payments that are paid incorrectly would then need to be recovered.

What if my household isn’t eligible?

The Council has been given extra funding to provide support through a discretionary scheme to vulnerable households. We are currently considering the criteria for our discretionary scheme. Details will be on this webpage once this has been agreed.

Who can I talk to if I have a question about the scheme?

Please do not contact us regarding the Energy Bills Rebate at this time. We will update this website page as soon as we have further information. In the meantime, we would ask that any Council Tax payments due are paid as requested in accordance with your Council Tax bill.

Go to setting up a Direct Debit if you do not already pay by direct debit and you would like to set one up.

Check your council tax band on GOV.UK if you are not sure what Council Tax band your property is in.

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2022.