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Updated 17 August

Government's £150 one-off payment towards energy bills

Who is eligible?

  • Households in council tax bands A-D will receive the £150 council tax payment.
  • However, second homes or empty properties will not benefit

The Main scheme

  • The majority of households who pay by direct debit have now been paid.
  • We are currently in the process of paying the last remaining cases.

Applications

Online applications have now closed.

If you are eligible but you do not pay by direct debit or have not made an application for the main Council Tax Energy Rebate scheme we will apply the £150 to your Council Tax account by the end of September 2022.

Discretionary scheme

The Government has given councils a cash limited fund to provide support to vulnerable households who may not qualify for the £150 council tax payment.

Members have approved a discretionary scheme for residents who do not qualify for help in the main scheme.

This includes people on low incomes in council tax bands E - H.

Also those who are just liable for rent but not the council tax (in any band) on low incomes and are liable to pay the energy bills.

You will need to apply for this help.

This scheme closes at midnight on 30 September 2022.

Details of scheme

  • Only one grant, main or discretionary will be paid to a household and will not exceed £150, although this could be less if oversubscribed.

Please Note: no awards will be made before the scheme closing date as funding for this scheme is limited.

  • The household must occupy the property as their main residence and be liable for rent or council tax on 1 April 2022.

(Backdated liability rules apply as for the main scheme*)

  • The scheme is open for a month for applications.

There are 2 grounds for an application to be made

(1) Residents liable for a council tax property in Bands E to H (a chargeable dwelling), and in receipt of Council Tax reduction scheme (CTS), Housing Benefit or Universal Credit on 1 April 2022 are eligible to apply.

To apply for the rebate, you will need to complete the online form (link available below)

You will also need to provide proof of:

  • your bank details showing the sort code and account number, and your name and address.
  • you are in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit showing your name as at 1 April 2022. If you are only on Council Tax reduction scheme (CTS), we can check our internal records for proof of this benefit.
Apply for the Energy Rebate Discretionary Scheme if you meet ground (1) - opens new windowExternal Link - opens in a new window

(2) You are a Household who have a liability for Rent on 1 April 2022, but not Council Tax, and are also liable for energy bills, and in receipt of Universal Credit or Housing Benefit are eligible to apply.

To apply for the rebate, you will need to complete the online form (link available below)

You will also need to provide proof of the following:

  • your bank details showing the sort code and account number and your name and address.
  • your identity; a copy of your birth certificate, or driving licence, or passport.
  • your rent liability showing your name as at 1 April 2022.
  • your energy bills, for example, electric, gas, oil or other
  • that you are in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit showing your name as at 1 April 2022. If you are only on Council Tax reduction scheme (CTS), we can check our internal records for proof of this benefit.
Apply for the Energy Rebate Discretionary Scheme if you meet ground (2) - opens new windowExternal Link - opens in a new window

Verifying your details

  • To validate your bank account details, the council needs to share relevant information with TransUnion. This is used to ensure your energy payment is paid to the correct bank account. For more information visit the Trans Union website
  • The council may also carry out checks with the Department for Work and Pensions, for verification purposes.
  • The council may use some automated decision-making to determine if you are eligible to access funds. This means that a decision may be made by automated means.
  • Your data protection rights allow you to object to any automated-decision making used in this process. If you do, there may be a delay in the processing of your application.
  • If you wish to request any changes to the way your data is used for the purposes of processing this application, including the withdrawal of consent, you can exercise your rights by contacting the relevant Council’s data protection officer.
  • If you do withdraw your consent, we will not be able to continue payments to you. Your consent is necessary to establish your eligibility and to authorise any payments made.
  • For more information on how your personal data is processed for these purposes, please see the Council Tax Energy Rebate Privacy Notice

Please be patient, we will get this rebate to you soon.

Further information

Further information about the rebate is available on the Gov.uk website