Council Tax Energy Rebate

£150 Cash Payment - Households Bands A to D

Please do not contact the Council regarding the £150 payment:

  • If you pay your council tax by direct debit the Council will have bank account details to make your payment to you
  • If you do not yet pay by direct debit you can set up a council tax direct debit
  • If you do not wish to pay by direct debit, the Council will arrange to collect your details to pay the £150.00 to you.

On 3rd February 2022 the UK Government announced measures to help protect millions of households from rising energy costs. This included a £150 council tax energy rebate

The Government will provide funding for local Councils to give all households in England, whose primary residence is valued in council tax bands A to D on 1st April 2022, a one-off cash payment of £150.

This payment will operate outside of the council tax system, using the council tax database to identify eligible households - this is not a council tax discount.

There is only one rebate for each household, and eligibility is determined based on the position at the end of the day on 1st April 2022.  A ‘household’ is a person or a group of people occupying a single property 

The £150.00 energy rebate does not have to be repaid unless you are identified as not being the eligible party at the end of the day of 1st April 2022 at the property where we have you registered.  

Therefore, you must make sure that you are registered as the council taxpayer at the correct address by 1st April 2022.

If you have recently moved property or you will be living at a different property by 1st April 2022, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can correct our records. 
 

Eligibility for this scheme

In order to be eligible for the scheme you must be the liable Council Tax payer and meet the following eligibility criteria:

1.The property must be in Council Tax Banding A – D on 1st April 2022

a. This will include any band E properties which have been reduced to a Band D under the disabled band reduction scheme.  
b. Any changes to the Council Tax Banding after 1st April 2022 are ignored for the purpose of this scheme; 

i. The only exceptions to (b) are new build properties which are waiting for an official banding from the Valuation office, as eligibility will be determined based on the official band where this has an effective date on or before 1st April 2022. 

ii. Payments will not be made in b(i) where the official band is notified to the Council after 30th September 2022. 

2. Must be someone’s sole or main residence, this means that;

a. Empty properties do not qualify
b. Second Homes do not qualify 
c. Customers on full council tax support WILL qualify.  

3. The property must be a chargeable dwelling, or exempt under Classes N, S, U or W of the Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings Order) 1992:

a. Class N - occupied by students 
b .Class S - occupied by persons under 18 only
c. Class U - occupied by persons severely mentally impaired
d. Class W – an annexe occupied by a dependent relative of the main dwelling

4. For properties classified as House in Multiple occupations:

No one is eligible for the £150.00 energy rebate under this scheme (even if the property is in class N).

Payments

From week-commencing 25th April 2022, we have started to make payment to customers who pay Council Tax by direct debit as we hold current bank details for these residents. There are more than 45,000 households who are eligible for this payment and we are working hard to ensure residents receive the payment as soon as possible.

Once those who pay Council Tax by direct debit are paid, we will be contacting those households who pay Council Tax in other ways to obtain their bank details so that we can process their rebate.  We aim to send the letter for this later in May 2022.

The government has stated all payments need to be processed by the end of September 2022, however we expect to have completed the scheme well before this date.

If you pay your council tax by direct debit the Council will have bank account details to make your payment to you.

If you do not yet pay by direct debit you can set up a council tax direct debit. If you do not wish to pay by direct debit, the Council will arrange to collect your details to pay the £150.00 to you.

*We will not pay to bank account details where the bank account is in a different name to the Council Tax payer.

This scheme closes on Friday 30th September 2022

We will take all reasonable steps to obtain the bank details of all customers who are eligible for the scheme. However, where we have been unable to obtain these bank details, we will pay the £150 rebate onto your council tax account to ensure that you do not miss out.

Council Tax Energy Rebate - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For further information on the rebate scheme please read our Council Tax Energy Rebate Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Discretionary Payment Scheme (to be announced)

The Government will also provide funding for local Councils to operate a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible. This could include, for example, individuals on low incomes who live in properties valued in bands E to H. 

The Council is currently awaiting details of the payment process, eligibility guidance and funding for the discretionary scheme.
 

Can I appeal against my property’s valuation band?

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) values domestic properties for council tax. This valuation is used to set your council tax band. You might need to contact the VOA if you think your council tax band is wrong.

You can find out more about when you can challenge your band and what you need to do at gov.uk/challenge-council-tax-band. If you challenge your band, you must continue to pay council tax at your current band until your appeal is decided.

You can contact the VOA at gov.uk/contact-voa

If you are unable to use the online service, call  the VOA on 03000 501 501