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, known as a Main Scheme Payment. A Discretionary Scheme has also been made available for all other households from 10th October 2022. 

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

Main Scheme Details

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.

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.

We have now issued a BACS payment or sent the Post Office voucher to over 99% of eligible household.

If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit

Payments have now been made to the majority of residents who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit. There are a very small number of more complexed cases that remain unpaid and are being looked into as a priority.

If you do not pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit

The Post Office vouchers in relation to the £150 energy rebate scheme were issued on Wednesday 29 June. The letter containing the voucher provides full detail on how you can redeem them at any Post Office.

You can also find more information on this on the Post Office Website.

What to do if you have not received your payment

If you have not yet received a payment via BACS or a letter containing your voucher reference above please contact us on 01664 502502 or e-mail contactus@melton.gov.uk

Discretionary Scheme Details

Who Can apply for a Discretionary Scheme payment?

The Government has allocated a sum of money to Local Authorities for a Discretionary Fund. Local Authorities can use this funding to support residents that did not qualify for the core scheme or provide additional support to residents that qualified for the main scheme.

Melton Borough Council has decided to distribute the money to the following groups of residents:

Group 1 – the following households will receive £150:

  • Council Tax bands E to H who were entitled to Council Tax Support on 1 April 2022

Group 2 – the following households will receive £25:

  • Council Tax bands A to D who were entitled to Council Tax Support on 1 April 2022

If you qualify for this rebate and pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit we will pay this money directly to your bank account, you will also receive a letter confirming your entitlement to the payment. You do not need to apply for this. If you do not pay by direct debit you can expect to receive a letter sent to you by the Post Office advising what you need to do to be able to receive your payment. This letter is important to you so do not destroy or damage the letter as it contains a bar code that you will need.

Letters to all residents in groups 1 and 2 will be received during October. There is no need to contact us as we have all your current contact details from your Council Tax account.

Group 3 - If you have not already received support thorough the Main or Discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme and;

  • You were resident in the Melton Borough on 1st April 2022 and;
  • Suffering from financial hardship due to the increase in energy bills

An application can be made to the Discretionary Fund for a one off payment of up to £150.00. Please note the application window is open until 4th November 2022, any applications received after this date will not be considered. 

More information about how to apply for a payment is detailed below. 

Before applying for a Council Tax Discretionary Rebate Payment, please read the details about this scheme above. If you already signed up to a MyAccount you will be asked to log in before completing this application. If you do not already have a MyAccount you will be asked to create a new account before completing. Please note when submitted you will be able to track you application, through your MyAccount. 

Applications must be submitted by 4th November 2022, any received after this date will not be considered. Any applications received before this date will receive a decision by 30th November 2022.

 

The discretionary application window has now closed, no further application can be accepted at this time.   

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.

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Last updated 14 December 2022
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