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Council Tax energy rebate

This scheme has now closed. For further assistance, please visit St Helens Together - Cost of Living Support

£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

Applications for the main scheme have now closed. We are finalising payments for those who have recently submitted an application form or set up a Direct Debit payment. If you have not submitted an application form we will look to credit your Council Tax prior to the scheme closing on 30 September 2022. 

If you do not qualify for the main scheme you may be eligible for a payment under the discretionary scheme.

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.

Applications for the discretionary scheme have now closed.

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.