Council tax energy rebate

The government announced on 3 February 2022 measures to help protect millions of households from rising energy costs. These measures include a £150 council tax energy rebate .

The government has provided funding for councils to give all households in England whose primary residence is valued in council tax bands A to D a one-off council tax energy rebate payment of £150. This payment will operate outside of the council tax system (it will be a payment rather than a reduction in your council tax bill), using council tax lists to identify eligible households. You do not have to repay this money.

We have commenced payments to people who currently pay their council tax by Direct Debit and we have successfully collected the first payment this financial year. Payments to bank accounts started on Wednesday 27 April 2022 and we will release the payments in phases. We are required to carry out verification checks which may cause a delay in payment.

Payments will show as "LDC Energy Rebate" or "LDC Payment" for the sum of £150.00 on your bank statement. Not all payments will be made on the 27 April so please do not contact customer services to enquire when you will be paid. We expect most Direct Debit payers will have received their rebate by the end of May 2022.

We will be writing to people who do not pay by Direct Debit so you can provide your bank details to enable payment and anticipate this will commence by the end of May 2022. We are currently testing the software that will enable us to deliver these payments.

We are required to make payments no sooner than the 1 April and no later than the 30 September 2022. 

You must continue to pay your council tax by the amounts and dates shown on your bill.

There is no need to contact us about this payment, we will be in touch with you.

Eligibility

A one off payment will be made to a liable council taxpayer for each household which meet the following criteria and will be based on our records on the 1 April 2022:

  1. It is valued in council tax bands A to D. This includes property that is valued in band E but has an alternative valuation band of band D, as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme and

  2. The property is occupied as someone’s only or main home and
  3. It is a chargeable dwelling, or in exemption classes:
    • N (occupied only by full time students),
    • S (occupied only by persons under the age of 18
    • U (occupied only by persons with a severe mentally impairment
    • W (an annex to a property occupied by the dependant relative of the person living in the main property)

A property that meets all the criteria but has a nil council tax liability as a result of local council tax support, will be eligible.

It will not be paid to:

  • A property that has no permanent resident and is someone’s second home 
  • An unoccupied property (for the purposes of calculating council tax) 
  • Or where the council taxpayer is a local authority, corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or government body.

How will the rebate be paid?

If we have your bank details (because you pay by Direct Debit) we will pay the money into your bank account. We will make this payment as early as possible in the 2022/2023 financial year.

Where more than one person is resident and jointly liable, payment will be made to the live bank account held for the household.

If we don’t hold your bank details, we will contact you with details of how to submit an online application so you can provide your bank details. 

If you don’t already pay by Direct Debit, you can sign up to pay your council tax by Direct Debit online - this means we will then have your details ready for when we start making payments. 

We will be required to make certain checks before we can make payments to ensure the payment reaches the correct person and prevent fraud. One check will be to ensure your first payment by Direct Debit is successful.

Changes in circumstances

The effective date for the council tax rebate is 1 April 2022. Changes made to the council tax band of your home after this date will not be taken into consideration.

The exception to this is newly built homes awaiting a valuation band. In these circumstances if the effective date is 1 April or before, a payment can be made provided all the eligibility criteria is met.

Please note that there are a limited number of reasons that you can challenge your council tax band. The government issued guidance on the circumstances a council tax band can be challenged .

Check your council tax band  - you can also check this on your latest council tax bill.

Discretionary scheme

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.

This could include, for example, individuals on low incomes who live in properties valued in bands E to H. Our policy is being developed and we will publish this alongside details of how to apply once the details have been confirmed.

Please do not phone us or email us as we will update this page as soon as we have further information.