Council Tax energy rebate
For those who pay Council Tax via Direct Debit
We have started making payments of the £150 council tax energy rebate to eligible residents. These should go into people’s bank accounts over the next few days once cleared.
The delay has been due to the requirement for changes to be made to our software in order to support these payments, which has impacted on all Councils to varying degrees.
Payments are being made in batches as soon as system checks are complete over this week and the week commencing 23 May.
For those that do not pay their Council Tax via Direct Debit
We will shortly be contacting customers directly to invite them to provide the necessary details via a simple online form or via other methods available on request. These details will then be verified to enable a payment to be made.
The energy rebate is a government payment based on Council Tax data and is not a rebate to the Council Tax bill.
Your council tax bill
As countries around the world come out of Covid-19 lockdowns, surging
demand for energy has meant energy prices have increased. Over the past year, the price of gas alone has quadrupled.
Whilst the problem is global, the effect is being felt by millions of households here in the UK.
Recently, the Government announced that around 20 million households in England in council tax bands A to D will get a £150 rebate from April.
Further information on both schemes will be announced when available.
The £150 rebate will not need to be repaid.
Households in council tax bands A to D will receive the £150 council tax rebate. This means 4 out of 5 households in England will benefit, including around 95% of rented properties. However, second homes or empty properties will not benefit.
If you are unsure of your council tax band, check your council tax band.
If you're not eligible
We will receive extra funding to provide support to vulnerable households who may not qualify for the £150 council tax rebate.
This includes people on low incomes in council tax bands E to H.
Details will be available soon.
Getting the £150
We will confirm how and when the rebate will be paid shortly.
For people who pay council tax by direct debit, in most cases, the rebate will go directly into bank accounts. If you don’t already pay by direct debit, you might want to sign up. This will make sure the rebate is paid to you quickly.
For those who do not pay council tax via direct debit, we will confirm how the rebate will be paid to you. Please make sure that communication is from us before providing payment details.
The rebate will not need to be repaid.
The Government is helping to spread the cost of the recent jump in energy prices over several years. £200 of this year’s energy bill will be taken off from October and spread equally over the next 5 years instead, easing the burden on family budgets.
This is not a debt, no interest is charged and no credit ratings are affected.
The Warm Home Discount will be expanded, so nearly 3 million
low-income households will benefit from a £150 discount.