Important information about the £150 council tax energy bills rebate…
Our team have already processed 68,522 £150 rebates that have been paid to residents. Over 19,000 of these were processed on 29 April 2022 and payments should reach residents’ bank accounts by Wednesday 4 May 2022
If you’ve not yet received your rebate, please read the following update:
Direct Debit payers
Our team are still working through a small number of Direct Debit payments and these will be processed as soon as possible. Please note, anyone who has set up a Direct Debit after 1 April 2022, or where we have been unable to verify bank details, will need to apply for their rebate online. Residents fitting this scenario will received a letter when the form is available to complete.
Non-Direct Debit payers
Residents will receive a letter to their home address if they are eligible for the rebate. This will detail how to apply for your rebate and direct you a form to complete. This form should be available for residents to complete by end of May 2022.
Government guidance allows for all payments to be made by 30 September 2022.
Full guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-council-tax-rebate-2022-23-billing-authority-guidance/support-for-energy-bills-the-council-tax-rebate-2022-23-billing-authority-guidance
In summary, the Government announced a package of support, known as the Energy Bills Rebate, to help households with rising energy bills worth £9.1 billion in 2022-23. This includes:
- A £150 non-repayable rebate for households in England in council tax bands A – D, known as the Council Tax Rebate.
- £144 million of discretionary funding for billing authorities to support households who are in need but are not eligible for the Council Tax Rebate, known as the Discretionary Fund.
Support will be provided to for every household that occupies a property which meets all of the following criteria on 1 April 2022:
- It is valued 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;
- It is someone’s sole or main residence;
- It is a chargeable dwelling, or in exemption classes N, S, U or W; and
- 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, will be eligible
Please note that second homes, houses of multiple occupation, and unoccupied properties will not be eligible.
The £150 one-off payment will be made to the liable party as at 1 April 2022. If this later proves not to be the case, the payment may be liable for recovery. This payment is being provided to support all residents of the household.
The £150 Government Council Tax Rebate leaflet can be viewed below
We are aware of a scam which relates to fraudulent phone calls being made to residents regarding the rebate. If we contact you by phone, this will only be to discuss queries on your account and we will NEVER ask you to give your full bank details.