Council Tax energy rebate

Council Tax energy rebate

On the 3 February 2022 the Chancellor announced that most households in properties in Council Tax bands A to D will receive a one-off Council Tax energy rebate payment of £150 to support with rising energy costs.

Households in England (whose primary residence is valued in Council Tax bands A to D) will receive a one-off 'Council Tax energy rebate' payment of £150. This won’t have to be repaid.

This means that:

  • You must be liable for the council tax at the property on the 1 April 2022 to be eligible for the rebate. If you receive 100% council tax reduction you are still entitled to the rebate and can set up a direct debit to get it paid directly to you.
  • Be in council tax band A - D (or band E if a disabled band reduction applies).
  • The property must be someone main residence.
  • Some properties which are exempt from council tax will receive the rebate – Class N (Homes occupied by students), S (persons under 18), U (severely mentally impaired) or W (annexes occupied by dependant relative).

A property that has no permanent resident and is someone’s second home will not be eligible.

An unoccupied property (for the purposes of calculating council tax) will not be eligible, 

Non-resident owners will not receive payments, this includes Houses in Multiple Occupation.

Payments will not be made to any third parties without the consent of the responsible council tax payer. Any payments subsequently found to have been paid in error will be required to be paid back.

Anyone who provides false information or makes false representation in order to benefit from the Council Tax Rebate payment or discretionary scheme may be guilty of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.

For the purpose of the Council Tax Rebate, a household is a person or group of persons occupying a single dwelling, as defined in section 3 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.
There will only be one payment per household. The rebate is being provided to support all residents of the household.

How payments will be made

If you pay your Council Tax by direct debit we will make payment to the bank account you use to pay your Council Tax.  This will not be before April 2022.
The quickest way to receive your payment is to set up a direct debit to pay your Council Tax. Signing up to pay your council tax by direct debit means that we will have all the information we need to make the payment as soon as we can. Set your Direct Debit up today by completing the online Direct Debit form

If you pay by any other method, you will be asked to provide information to validate and support the process including your bank account details and date of birth.  Checks will be carried out to ensure that any bank account supplied belongs to you and is registered at the address where you pay Council Tax, and that the name on the bank account is the same name that is responsible for Council Tax.

You will now be able to claim the grant by completing an online application formYou can only complete the form if you have received a letter or an email from us. Please note, this will be done through a secure online application form.

Information you need to claim the rebate:

  • Council Tax account reference number as shown on your Council Tax Bill
  • Your date of birth
  • Your bank sort code and account number
  • Unique Reference Number, this will be provided to you via an email or letter.

Once you have applied your data will be accessed by the Council to approve your application.

We are aiming to make the payment to qualifying households within 4 weeks of providing your bank details. This includes time to verify your bank details for counter fraud purposes.

Please note that this rebate is being provided on the assumption that the property was your main residence and you were the liable council tax payer on 1 April 2022.

If that is not the case, the rebate may be liable for recovery. If you are not entitled to the rebate or have any queries please contact us using the Changes of Circumstances form

Energy Rebate Discretionary fund

A limited amount of funding is also available to support people on low incomes in bands E-H. We will publish more information on eligibility here once it is available. This will not be before April 2022.
Please do not email or call us as we are currently unable to respond to or answer any questions regarding the schemes at this present time. This webpage will be updated as soon as we have our schemes in place, please check back here before contacting us.
The most recent information can be found on the Governments website Government support for energy bills and the cost of living - factsheets

You can check which band your home is in via GOV.UK:
Check your Council Tax band

Bogus callers – Fraud Awareness

We have been alerted that some residents have received phone calls from ‘the council’ asking for their bank details so the council could pay their £150 rebate direct to their account. 

Do not provide your bank details to anyone calling you claiming to be from the Council’s Council Tax office and asking for your bank details. We will not be calling you to ask for these details.

If you are in any doubt please access and check your Council Tax account online.

If you have been a victim please contact us and the Police straight away, and report it to Action Fraud. General advice for staying safe online is available on the Get Safe Online website.

Last Modified: 28/04/2022 10:38:21