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Find out more information about the government's Council Tax Rebate of £150.

Government rebate for energy bills

The Government has announced a £150 Council Tax rebate (payment) for households in Council Tax bands A to D to help with rising energy and heating costs.

This rebate is a one-off payment and you will not be required to pay it back.

How will my household get its £150 rebate?

Your rebate will not be paid to your Council Tax Account, except in exceptional circumstances or you tell the Council that is your preferred way of receiving your rebate.

If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit

The rebate will go directly into your bank account after your first Direct Debit instalment has been paid in April/May 2022. You can expect the payment to arrive in your bank account by the end of April 2022 if your first Direct Debit instalment is paid in April 2022. If your first instalment is paid in May 2022 you can expect the payment to arrive by the end of May. 

Please note – We appreciate some households that pay by Direct Debit are still awaiting payment. If you’ve paid your April Direct Debit please do not contact us. Some cases require manual intervention in order for payments to be made. We are working on these as quick as we can and rest assured all eligible households will receive payment in due course.

If you do not pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit

If you do not pay by Direct Debit you will receive your payment via Post Office Pay Out scheme. This means that eligible households will receive a letter with a bar code that will enable them to go to any Post Office and claim their £150 rebate in cash. Residents will have to show the barcoded letter and identification to receive the payment. You can find more information on this on the Post Office Website.

Payments of £150 for households in this group will most likely be made during May and June and we will be in contact with you nearer the time. There is no need to contact us as we have all your current contact details from your Council Tax account.

Who is eligible?

Households in Council Tax bands A to D will receive the £150 rebate. You can find your band on your Council Tax bill or on the Government website.

  • You must be the Council Tax bill payer on 1 April 2022.
  • Second homes and empty properties will not benefit.

What if my household isn't eligible?

The council has received £73,050 to support vulnerable households. (This includes those who also live in Bands A to D)

Although the Government has not specified how this money should be distributed, they have suggested the areas of the community where councils could use their discretion on how this money will be allocated.

It is expected at this time that our priorities will firstly be on:

  • Those households on Council Tax Support living in Bands E to H
  • A top-up for those households on Council Tax Support living in bands A to D first.

We will publish further information about our discretionary scheme at the end of May.

Be Scam Aware

We will never contact you by telephone to ask for your bank details. If you are contacted about the Council Tax rebate and are not sure if it is genuine, do not give any of your details away and contact us.

More information about scams and staying safe online can be found at Action Fraud.

Find out more

The government have plenty of information about their Council Tax rebate scheme on their website.

Additionally, you can download our Frequently Asked Questions factsheet below.

Last updated 16 May 2022
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