Council Tax energy rebate
The government has announced support to help with rising energy bills including a one-off payment of £150 to households in Council Tax bands A to D and a discretionary fund for residents in higher band properties.
You will not need to pay it back and it will not be treated as income for tax or benefit purposes. You will only be entitled to one £150 payment per household. Find out more about the rebate on GOV.UK.
You must be liable for Council Tax and live in a property within Council Tax bands A to D on 1st April 2022. This includes property that is valued in band E, but has an alternative valuation band D as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme.
It must be your sole or main residence - Second homes and empty properties are not eligible for this rebate.
It must be a chargeable dwelling, or in the following exemption classes:
- N - wholly occupied by students
- S - wholly occupied by residents under 18
- U - occupied by residents who are severely mentally impaired
- W - one of two dwellings in a single property occupied by a dependant relative of a person living in another dwelling in the property
The person who is liable to pay the Council Tax (or would be were the property not exempt) is not a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or governmental body.
How and when will I be paid?
We have now paid the rebate to all households that pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit, or requested further information if we needed to confirm eligibility.
We have also sent out a number of letters to households that do not pay by Direct Debit, with instructions on how to apply for the rebate.
If you have not received a letter, or have received a letter but not yet applied for your rebate, you can apply online below.
You can choose to have the rebate paid into your bank account or paid directly to your Council Tax account and have your future payments reduced.
Please give careful consideration how you would like your rebate to be paid. Once the payment is made, it cannot be reversed.
Paying the rebate to your bank account
The Government wants us to complete pre-payment checks to prevent fraud and error. To receive a payment to your bank account you must provide consent for an identity and bank account check. If you do not want to receive a payment into your bank account, you can choose to apply for the rebate to be paid to your Council Tax account and have your future payments reduced.
Before you start
You will need to create an account to claim the rebate and will need an email address to do this. This is how we will contact you if we need further information. You will also need to provide your personal details, property reference number and your bank details.
How to find your property reference number
You can find your property reference (or local authority reference number) on the letter we have sent to you. You can also find your property reference number on your Council Tax bill or by entering your postcode on the GOV.UK website.
How to apply
- Choose how you want your rebate to be paid by selecting one of the options below.
- When entering the system, select 'Register a new account' and follow the on screen instructions.
- Once you have applied for the rebate, you can log back into your account to check on progress
Select this option if you would like the energy rebate payment to go into your bank account.
Select this option if you would prefer for the energy rebate payment to be credited to your Council Tax account.
How long until I receive my rebate payment?
Once you submit your application and we have checked everything is in order we will make a payment to your bank account.
If we identify a problem or need more information we will contact you using the email address you gave when registering for the rebate, or we will write to you at your address.
You can monitor progress of your rebate payment by logging into the payment option you have chosen (option 1 or option 2 above).
If your property is not eligible for the £150 rebate because it is in Council Tax bands E to H, there may be help available through a discretionary fund.
We will provide more information on the criteria for the discretionary fund in the coming weeks.
Check your Council Tax band
You can check your Council Tax band online on GOV.UK or on your annual bill which will be sent to you in March 2022.