Council Tax energy rebate
Last updated: 26 May 2022
£150 energy rebate scheme
The government has announced support to help with rising energy bills, including a one-off £150 energy rebate payment to eligible households that live in Council Tax bands A to D and a discretionary scheme for residents in higher-banded properties.
If you are eligible for this payment, you will not be required to pay it back and it will not be treated as income for tax or benefit purposes.
You must be liable for Council Tax and live in a property within Council Tax bands A to D (or band E if you have a disabled band reduction) on 1 April 2022. Please look at your annual Council Tax bill, sent to you in March 2022, or visit www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands to check which property band you live in.
Second homes, empty properties, houses in multiple occupation, landlords and corporate bodies are ineligible to receive this rebate. If you receive a payment to which you are not entitled you will be asked to repay it back.
The government has produced a factsheet providing answers to frequently asked questions about the council tax rebate.
How to apply
If you pay by Direct Debit: We will automatically pay the £150 directly into your bank account if you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit.
Other payment methods: Please complete the following application form if you do not pay by Direct Debit (including if you pay by salary deduction or a another person pays your Council Tax on your behalf).
- Please only complete this application form if you do not pay by Direct Debit and meet the above eligibility criteria.
- You may choose to receive your payment via either bank transfer, Post Office voucher or a credit onto your Council Tax account.
- To assist with processing your application, please ensure you have your Council Tax account reference available when completing the form. You can find your 9-digit account reference on your Council Tax bill; it begins with "80.......".
Beware of scams
It has come to our attention that fraudsters are telephoning residents and asking them to provide their bank details in order to claim the £150 Council Tax energy rebate. We urge you not to give your bank details to anyone claiming to be from the council. If someone contacts you saying they're from the council and asks you provide your bank details, put the phone down immediately - it's a scam. We will never contact you to ask for your bank details by phone, text or e-mail.
A discretionary scheme will be available to support households on a low income which are responsible for their energy bills but do not pay Council Tax, or whose properties are in Council Tax bands E or above.
Further details will follow shortly.