The government announced measures to help protect households from rising energy costs on 3 February 2022. Two of the measures are covered in this page:

  • £150 rebate to all households in England whose primary residence is valued in council tax bands A- D.
  • A discretionary scheme to allow us to support households who may need further assistance or who are not entitled to the £150 rebate.

£150 rebate

Eligibility

This is a payment of £150 that will be made to the Council Tax payer (or an occupant where the property is exempt) which meets the following criteria:

  1. The property is valued at bands A – D. This includes properties valued in Band E but has an alternative valuation band of Band D, as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme.
  2. It is the main or sole residence
  3. It is a chargeable dwelling. This means, where the property is exempt from a council tax charge, there is no entitlement to the payment with the exception of:
  • Class N – Occupied by Students
  • Class S – Occupied by Under 18s
  • Class U - Severely Mentally Impaired
  • Class W – Granny Annexe

 

Whoever is occupying the property in the evening of 1 April 2022 is eligible to receive the payment.

Those who receive full support from Council Tax Support will receive the payment as well as the Council Tax Support.

If a payment is made based on incorrect information, we will take steps to recover this money.

When will payments be made?

The deadline for applications for the £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate ended on 30 June 2022.  Therefore, the application form is no longer available.

For those households yet to apply for the £150, the council will now allocate the award as a payment of £150 to reduce the balance owing on the relevant council tax accounts, and a revised council tax bill will be issued in July 2022 to show the reduced balance owing.

Discretionary Fund

The discretionary scheme has been created to assist those who do not qualify for the £150 rebate but require additional support to help pay their energy bills.

The Discretionary Scheme Policy will be agreed by members in July and payments made shortly after.

More details, including our policy will be published here once the discretionary policy has been agreed.

All payments from the discretionary fund must be made by 30 November 2022.