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Council Tax energy rebate

Last updated: 12 July 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.

Eligibility

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 Apply for Energy Rebate (Non Direct Debit payers) form if you do not pay by Direct Debit (including if you pay by salary deduction)

If another person pays your Council Tax on your behalf, you may qualify under the Discretionary scheme. Please complete the Discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate application form found at the foot of this page.

Notes: 

  1. Please only complete the Apply for Energy Rebate (Non Direct Debit payers) if you do not pay by Direct Debit and meet the above eligibility criteria.
  2. You may choose to receive your payment via either bank transfer, Post Office voucher or a credit onto your Council Tax account.
  3. 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.......".

Apply for energy rebate (non-Direct Debit payers)

Discretionary scheme

A discretionary scheme is available for residents, living in the borough, who are responsible for paying their own energy costs and who are ineligible to receive the main energy rebate, including:

  • Households whose sole or main residence are in Council Tax band E or above and are in receipt of or meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • Council Tax Reduction (or would be eligible if a Council Tax exemption had not been in place)
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Pension Credit, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
    • A resident in the household is in receipt of either Attendance Allowance, Carers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
    • The household is in receipt of a Council Tax disabled band reduction
    • The household contains a child under 5 years of age.
  • Persons who are directly responsible for energy costs but are not liable for Council Tax, e.g. houses in multiple occupation or where the landlord is liable for Council Tax.
  • Applicants who would have qualified under the main scheme, following a successful appeal to the Valuation Office Agency, made before 4 February 2022.
  • Applicants who become liable for payment of Council Tax on or after 2 April 2022 who are resident in bands A to D, where for example they are a first-time buyer or have moved into the area after fleeing domestic abuse.

If you consider that you may be eligible for a discretionary council tax energy rebate payment, please complete the online application by clicking the button below.

Applicants who are eligible to apply for, or who have received, a main energy rebate payment will be ineligible to receive a further discretionary energy rebate.

Discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate Application Form

Beware of scams

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.