Energy Bills Rebate
Find out more about the Government's Energy Bills Rebate.
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. This has now closed ending 30 June 2022.
- a Discretionary Rebate scheme for those who need help with their energy bills but are not eligible
Rebate Application process now closed
The council tax energy rebate payments for direct debit payers whose payment details matched their bank account and who have made a successful council tax payment in May 2022 have now all been paid.
We wrote to all eligible non-direct debit households and direct debit payers where payment details did not match their bank account details at the beginning of May to invite a claim for the energy rebate payment by the 30 June 2022. The energy rebate payments for those who applied and passed the mandatory pre-payment checks have now all been paid.
If an application hasn't been received or if we are unable to make the payment to your bank account as this failed the validation checks we are required to complete, the £150 payment will be credited to your council tax account. You can then use the credit to help manage your household finances because this credit reduces your Council Tax bill.
Any payments credited to your council tax account are allocated to your 2022 council tax balance. You will get a revised bill with a letter confirming the full details. Revised bills will be sent out as soon as the credit has been applied.
Claiming an energy refund if your Council Tax account is credited
If your council tax goes into credit following this payment being applied to your account, you can apply for a refund: refund application
There is no deadline to apply for a refund. Refunds can take up to 10 days to process.
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.
These payments have been made or will be allocated to your Council Tax account. You will get a revised bill with a letter confirming the full details. Revised bills will be sent out as soon as the credit has been applied.
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.