£150 Government Energy Rebate
If you live in a property in Council Tax bands A to D, you are likely to receive a £150 energy rebate from the Government.
Whilst the problem is global, the effect is being felt by millions of households here in the UK.
In February 2022, the Government announced that around 20 million households in England in Council Tax bands A-D will get a £150 rebate from April.
The rebate will not need to be repaid.
Who was eligible?
Households in Council Tax bands A-D should have received the £150 energy rebate. Customers who were resident and responsible for paying the Council Tax on 1 April 2022 were eligible.
This meant that 4 out of 5 households in England will have benefited, including around 95% of rented properties. Second homes and empty properties were not eligible.
If you are unsure of your Council Tax band, check it via your printed Council Tax bill or at: www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands.
When will the rebate be paid ?
All rebate payments related to the main scheme had to be paid to customers or credited to a customer's Council Tax account by 30 September 2022.
At this point the Council had paid over 41,000 rebates and over 4,000 customers have had their rebate credited to their Council Tax account.
We have now notified all customers who have had the rebate credited to their Council Tax account and explained what this meant in terms of their monthly instalments.
Discretionary Energy Rebate Scheme
The council have also confirmed those customers who will be entitled to the £150 Energy Rebate Payment as part of their Discretionary Scheme. They are customers who on 1 April 2022 were resident and:
- in Band E to H and entitled to either Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit
- in receipt of an Exemption as the property was occupied by an elderly relative
- in Band E to H where the liable party was in receipt of a Carer's Council Tax Discount Disregard
- in Band F to H and in receipt of a Disabled Reduction
Customers who are entitled to the Discretionary Energy Payment and who pay by Direct Debit should have already received their payment. Those customers who we were unable to verify the bank details for, or don't pay by Direct Debit, will have their £150 rebate credited to thier Council Tax account by 30 November 2022 and a letter will be sent to them explaining how they can claim their rebate. This should happen within the next two weeks.
After the above awards have been calculated there still remained some discretionary funds available. The Council have therefore decided that customers who were as of 1 April 2022 resident in a Band A or Band B property and in receipt of Council Tax Reduction, will each receive a further £70 credited to the relevant Council Tax account by 30 November 2022. This is in addition to the £150 already paid. Those customers will also receive a letter within the next two weeks explaining how the rebate can be claimed.
Last updated: 28 November 2022.
Frequently asked questions about the rebate scheme:
- I have moved out of my property on 20 April 2022, do I still receive the rebate? Yes you do. The qualifying date is wherever you were living on 1 April 2022.
- I moved into the area on 5 April 2022 do I qualify? Unfortunately, you don't. The qualifying date is 1 April so you may qualify at your previous address if you met the criteria.
- My parents pay the Council Tax for me, can I still get the rebate? Yes you can, but as your parents pay the Council Tax on your behalf, we will have to contact you to ensure it's paid to the correct person.
- My property is in Band E, but I get Disabled Reduction reducing the Band to D - do I qualify? Yes, you are eligible. Although the property remains officially in Band E, for this rebate scheme the Disabled Band D is used.
- I live in a House in Multiple Occupation, do I qualify for the rebate? As you won't be responsible paying Council Tax, then, unfortunately, you are not eligible.
- I haven't been advised that the energy rebate has been credited to my Council Tax account and I think I'm eligible, can I still make a claim ? Unfortunately, the main or core energy rebate scheme stopped on 30 September and the Council is no longer able to either pay the rebate or credit it to a Council Tax account. All rebates under the Council's Discretionary Rebate scheme should be made or credited to the relevent Council Tax account by the end of November 2022.