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Energy bills and council tax rebate

Find out about energy bills and the council tax rebate.

Last updated: 22 December 2022

Next review: 22 December 2023

On the 3 February 2022, the Chancellor announced that Council Tax payers who live in a band A to D property will receive a one-off payment of £150 to support households with rising energy costs. He also announced that funding would be made available to Councils to enable them to operate a discretionary scheme for people who needed help but were not entitled to the £150.

Read our discretionary policy
Read our report to members 

Bogus callers: fraud alert

We have been alerted by other councils that some of their residents have received phone calls from people stating to be from the Council and asking for details of their bank account so they could credit the £150 rebate to their account.

We will not call you to ask for these details. If you receive a call asking for your bank account details so that you can receive the £150 rebate you should end the call immediately.

Update: Applications for the mandatory Council Tax Energy Rebate have now closed. Details of the discretionary scheme are shown below.
The Government has recently a scheme for assistance for people who do not pay for their energy directly to a supplier. Applications will have to be made on a Central Government website although the Council will arrange to make payment.  More details will appear here when they become available.

Who will receive an award?

Awards of £150 will be made in respect of the following categories of people:

Households living in properties banded E-H who are in receipt of Council Tax Support (CTS) because they have limited means.

Households living in properties banded E-H who are in receipt of a  2nd adult reduction who would otherwise have had an entitlement to CTS

Persons in receipt of Council Tax Support whose applicable amount is lower because of their age and who did not receive an award under the mandatory scheme.

Persons receiving a 25% discount on the grounds that at all but one of the residents of the property is severely mental impaired and who did not receive an award under the mandatory scheme.

Persons in receipt of Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support whose applicable amount includes a Carer’s Premium and who did not receive an award under the mandatory scheme.

Persons in receipt of assistance under one or both of the Council’s Discretionary Housing Payment or Discretionary Council Tax Hardship schemes and who did not receive an award under the mandatory scheme.

An award of £82.76 will be made to persons resident in properties banded E-H on 1 April 2022 who did not receive an award under any of the other provisions of this scheme.

How will I be paid?

Payments of £150 will be made by way of a Post Office voucher which will be sent during weeks commencing 24 and 31 October 2022 and will be valid for one month.  Any vouchers which have not been cashed within one month will be cancelled and a credit of £150 will be applied to the relevant Council Tax account instead.

Payments of £82.76 will be made by way of a credit to the relevant Council Tax account.

What if I still need help?

You should first contact your electricity and/or gas supplier. All major suppliers are required to make provisions to assist customers who are facing financial difficulties.

Support of a more practical nature is available from HEET, an organisation that specialises in providing help and support to people facing difficulties with fuel costs.

Where can I find out more information?

More information about the £150 Council Tax rebate, as well as other ways the government is helping with rising energy costs, is available on the GOV.UK website.