Council Tax Energy Rebate and Discretionary Payments

Overview of the scheme

On 3 February 2022 the Government announced a one-off Council Tax Energy Rebate of £150 for households in Council Tax bands A to D. It must be your main residence as at 1 April 2022 and you must be liable to pay council tax in order to qualify.

Please note that this “rebate” will be in the form of a payment of £150 per household, paid directly into bank accounts in order to help with rising energy bills. 

We have paid over 83,000 households which is over 91% of those entitled to the grant.

People who pay their council tax by direct debit should have received the £150 payment into their bank accounts automatically between 29 April 2022 and 25 May 2022. Non-direct debit payers who are registered as the liable party for council tax had to apply online and supply us with their bank details in order to receive the payment.

The main scheme had an online application deadline date of 31 July 2022. We are now reviewing any non-application cases up until the Government imposed payment deadline date of 30 September 2022. This means that if you have not already received the £150 payment into your bank account, we will now either issue you with a Post Office payout voucher/letter for £150 or a letter informing you that the £150 payment has been allocated against your council tax account (with a revised bill to follow).  

These letters should arrive before Friday 19 August 2022.

 

Applied but not heard anything more?

It may be the case that we have been unable to verify the bank details that you supplied with your application. This can happen under various circumstances (ie. recently opened bank accounts or banks that have not signed up to the verification process).

In this situation, we will be using the Post Office Payout Voucher scheme to enable you to receive your £150 payment from any Post Office Branch.

We have sent letters to those that are affected with information on how to claim. These letters were issued between 22 July 2022 and 27 July 2022.

We also ultimately have the option of crediting your council tax account with £150 as a last resort to make sure you get the money that is due to you. 

Direct debit payers

Payments of the Council Tax Energy Rebate into residents bank accounts who pay council tax by direct debit were concluded in May 2022. The bank account reference that was shown on these transactions was NTC BACS. The payments made were to support all residents in the household. If you have only recently signed up for direct debit, or if the bank account name could not be matched sufficiently with the liable party on our council tax records, then you may have now missed this automatic payment option and you will have received an application letter if appropriate (see below)

Non-direct debit payers

From the week beginning 23 May 2022, letters were issued advising you how to make your claim for the Council Tax Energy Rebate. Please be aware of potential scam phone calls that will not be from a representative of the Council, unless of course we are responding to a direct enquiry from yourself.

 

Make a claim

The deadline for making an online application has now passed.

If you are a qualifier who has not yet made an online application, we will be reviewing our records and will look to make the £150 payment either as a credit on to your council tax account or as a Post Office voucher payment (if, for example, your council tax balance/liability is nil).

You should not therefore miss out on the payment, even if you have not applied.

Discretionary scheme

The Government has provided the authority with a grant to make awards outside of the £150 payment, the authority has agreed:

For those on Council Tax Support on 1 April 2022, the Authority will award an additional discretionary payment to:

  • those in bands A-D, £20.00, to top up their payment from £150.00 to £170.00, and
  • those in bands E-H £170.00 so they receive the same as those in bands A-D.
  • For those in houses of multiple occupation (HMO’s) who don’t qualify for a standard £150.00 payment a discretionary award may be paid where the occupants are responsible for their own energy bills. We will contact the occupiers direct regarding this support.

Discretionary payments will be made in the same way as the standard £150.00 is being paid and will be made in the coming months.

The discretionary scheme has a payment deadline date of 30 November 2022.

Second homes and empty properties

Second homes and empty properties will not be given a rebate as part of the Government scheme.

If you don't know your council tax band

If you are not sure which Council Tax band your property is in, you can check online.

Changes in circumstances

As the effective date for the Council Tax Energy Rebate is 1 April 2022, changes made to the Council Tax band of your home after this date will not be taken into consideration. The exception to this is newly built homes that are awaiting a valuation band. In these circumstances, if the effective date is ultimately 1 April 2022 or before, then a payment could be made. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be entitled to the Council Tax Energy Rebate for the address you occupied on 1 April.
If the Valuation Office Agency provide the band prior to the scheme's deadline of 30 September 2022, you will then be entitled to the Council Tax Energy Rebate as long as the chargeable band is in A to D and it is backdated to 1/4/22 or before.
As long as we hold the information needed to amend our records by Sept’22 and any amendment is backdated to 1/4/22 or earlier, and you meet the criteria then you will be entitled to the rebate when your Council Tax account is set up.
You should supply us with the full details of occupation (names of occupiers and effective dates) so we can amend our records.

You should clarify the reason for the discrepancy in writing/email as we may need to amend our council tax records. We may be able to process a payment automatically or we may require you to complete the online application process for the Council Tax Energy Rebate payment.

No, the guidance states that one payment of £150 should be made to each household regardless of the number of liable council tax payers. The local authority is not able to split the payment down into parts. If the council tax is paid via direct debit, then the full £150 rebate should be paid into the bank account that is used to pay the council tax.  
Any new direct debit that is set up will cover current/future year instalments only. It will not be set up to cover any summonsed arrears. You will also receive a demand notice in advance of any payments being taken informing you of the amounts and payment dates.
If you live in the property (main residence) and fulfil the other qualifying criteria, then you will still be entitled to the payment. On the assumption that you won’t have a direct debit set up, we will require you to complete the online application process (see details above). If your exemption is due to the property being vacant then you will not qualify for the rebate.
We will require you to complete the online application process (see details above).
You can speak to your bank about “first right of appropriation”. This gives you the right to tell your bank/building society how you want the money paid into your account to be used. Further advice/sample letter can be found at National Debtline.