Government Council Tax Energy Rebate

If you live in a property in Council Tax bands A to D, you are likely to receive a £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate from the Government to help with the increased cost of energy bills.

What is the Discretionary Energy Rebate scheme?

The council has been allocated a further £539,250 to create a discretionary scheme for those who do not qualify for the mandatory scheme.

Due to limited funding it is not possible to provide support to all households in Bands E-H.

The council is running the discretionary scheme in two phases:

Phase One

Under phase one the Energy Rebate Discretionary Scheme will provide a £150 energy rebate to eligible households in properties in Council Tax bands E - H who are also in receipt of Council Tax support in April 2022.

If you are eligible, we will write to you, to advise when and how you will receive your £150 payment.

Please note: we will contact you automatically if you meet this criteria.

Phase two   

Phase two of the scheme provided a £150 energy rebate to:

  • Eligible households in properties in council tax bands A - H who are in receipt of Council Tax support during April 2022 and have high barriers to work or are in receipt of a disability-related benefit. Please note: we will contact you automatically if you meet this criteria.
  • Tenant(s) who live in in a House in Multiple Occupation property and are not liable to pay Council Tax but who are individually or jointly responsible for paying energy bills directly to energy providers.

All payments have now been allocated under Phase Two of the scheme.

Is the rebate taxable?

This payment is not taxable. 

How will we deal with fraud and error?

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud, and any person caught falsifying their records to gain money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The council will carry out pre-payment checks on all rebates. 

How do I report a scam?

The energy rebate creates an opportunity for malicious actors to pose as government departments, local authorities or council tax rebate services in order to collect personal or banking information from citizens. 

Cyber criminals use fake messages as bait to lure you into clicking on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details).

These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you may be sent to an unsecure and unsafe website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords.

If you think you may have been the victim of fraud or cybercrime and incurred a financial loss or have been hacked as a result of responding to a phishing message, you should report this to Action Fraud:

Report fraud on the Action Fraud website.

What else is on offer to support households with their energy bills? 

Energy bills

All energy companies will automatically take £200 off domestic electricity bills in October 2022, and spread it over future bills.

The £200 reduction will help people manage the increase in energy bills by spreading the increased costs over a few years, so they are more manageable for households. It will be automatically recovered from people’s bills in equal instalments over 5 years, beginning in 2023, when global wholesale gas prices are expected to come down.

This is not a debt, no interest is charged and no credit ratings are affected. 

Warm Home Discount Scheme

The Warm Home Discount will be expanded, so nearly 3 million low-income households will benefit from a £150 discount. 

Read more about the Warm Home Discount Scheme on GOV.UK.

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