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Council Tax

£150 Energy Payments

                                    £150 Energy Bill Rebate, based on residency and Council Tax band

Following the Chancellor’s announcement on 3 February 2022, households in England which are in Council Tax bands A to D will receive a £150 rebate from April 2022.

Click here to apply for your £150 Energy Rebate.

Please read below for information you will require to make your online application

Eligibility

The Energy Bill rebate is available to all households in Council Tax bands A to D, (or are in Band E and qualify for the disabled band reduction) and consists of a one-off payment of £150 to eligible households.

You must be liable for the Council Tax bill at the property to be eligible for the rebate, you will still be eligible if you receive 100% Council Tax Support, or are exempt under class N, S, U or W.

Empty homes or second homes are not eligible for the rebate.

Only one £150 payment will be made per household, regardless of the number of occupants or liable council taxpayers and is to support all members of the household

To read the full guidance, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-council-tax-rebate-2022-23-billing-authority-guidance/

Payment

We have started making payments to residents who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit and monies should start reaching bank accounts from Tuesday 26th April 2022. This process will be ongoing, if we are unable to pay you automatically, we will write to you advising how to claim your payment.

Those who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit, do not need to take any action unless you are contacted by us directly.

Please note, we are unable to provide exact payment dates.

If you are eligible, and pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, this is likely to be paid to you automatically and you do not need to take any action.

The payment will be made on the assumption that you were a liable council tax payer (or would have been if the property were not exempt) and that the property met the criteria set out above on 1st April 2022. 

If you do not pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, you will need to make an application for the payment.

Applications

Online applications are now open, by clicking the link at the top of this page.

In order to make your online application, you will be required provide your Council Tax Property Reference. If you do not know this, please click here

For residents who are unable to make an online application, we will publish further information about how to apply in due course

If you sign up to pay your Council Tax by direct debit, this may make it easier for us to pay your £150 rebate if you are eligible. 

Sign Up for Direct Debit

To get your bills electronically please sign up for e-billing.

E-billing Request Form 

Valuation Band Reductions

If you want to request a review of their Council Tax band, you will need to explain why you believe their band is incorrect and provide supporting evidence. This may not affect your eligibility to the £150 payment.

Customers should go to the following guidance: https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has recently published an article for customers setting out the circumstances in which the VOA will undertake a band review and the evidence you will need to provide. This can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/challenging-your-council-tax-band.  Please note, a review could also increase your band.

Local Scheme

In addition to the national scheme, the Council also has a Local Scheme to pay £150 to those with low incomes. Those in Council Tax bands E - H who were in receipt of Council Tax Support on 1st April 2022 are eligible to apply. This is a limited fund, however, applications may be opened to other low income groups if sufficient funds allow.

Online applications are now open, by clicking on the link at the top of this page. In order to make your online application, you will be required to provide your Council Tax Property Reference. If you do not know this, please click here

For residents who are unable to make an online application, we will publish further information about how to apply in due course.

Further Information

Click here to read more about The Tax Rebate.

Click here to see the factsheet which provides answers to the most frequently asked questions by households about the council tax rebate