Council tax energy rebate
The government has also announced that it will provide funding for councils to operate a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible for this rebate.
We have decided the that the payments will be made providing that:
- The household has their sole or main residence in the dwelling; and
- The council tax liable person is not a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or governmental body.
Where the criteria above is met, the following awards will be made:
- A one-off payment of £150 will be awarded to households with a council tax band E-H that are also in receipt of local council tax support on the 1 April 2022.
- A one-off payment of £150 will be awarded to households whose dwelling is valued in bands F to H subject to an alternative banding E to G, due to a disabled banding relief on the 1 April 2022.
- Households in council tax bands A-D that are in receipt of LCTS on the 1 April 2022 and are part of a ‘vulnerable household’, will be awarded £30 ‘top-up’ funding. We may award a further top-up towards the end of the scheme, if funds are available.
- Households where the energy bill payers are not liable for council tax on the 1 April 2022. (E.g., houses in multiple occupation) but can provide evidence that they have their own fuel bills will be awarded a one-off payment of £150. The £150 payment will be divided by the number of available bedrooms and no payment will be made for any rooms that are unoccupied.
- Households whose dwelling is valued in bands E to H on 1 April 2022 who manage to successfully appeal their band to D or lower, retrospectively to 1 April 2022 will be awarded a one-off payment of £150. (The appeal must have been submitted before 3 February 2022).
- E-H households that are not on local council tax Support and are in ‘fuel poverty’. The assessment of households that are in ‘fuel poverty’ will be provided by pre-validated referrals from the independent charity Beat the Cold.
- Households in multiple occupancy
- Households where the energy bill payer is not liable for council tax
- Households that have a liability for rent on 1 April 2022 but is not liable for council tax. The householder must receive housing benefit and be liable for an energy bill.
The discretionary fund is cash and time limited and so payments will no longer be made if we utilise all our funding, or on the closing date of 30 November, whichever is sooner.
We are currently in the process of identifying those that qualify. Where we identify you meet the criteria above and we currently have a live direct debit for your council tax, we will pay you automatically. We anticipate to make these payments by 22 August 2022. Where a live direct debit is not held, we will invite you to provide you bank details via an online form.
Please do not phone us or email us as we will update this page as soon as we have further information.