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Council Tax energy rebate

Council Tax energy rebate for rising cost of living 

As part of the governments initiative to help households with rising energy costs, they have announced a one-off £150 energy rebate for eligible households. 

Applying for the energy rebate 

You must wait until you receive your letter before applying. Your letter will tell you how to apply, please follow the instructions carefully.

Apply for council tax energy rebate

On this page:

  1. Eligibility
  2. How the £150 will be paid to you if you pay by direct debit
  3. If you do not pay by direct debit
  4. How this affects paying your normal bill
  5. People who share paying the bills
  6. Discretionary fund
  7. Find your Council Tax band

We have started to make energy rebate payments to residents who pay their council tax by direct debit. The bank account reference will be GMBC PAYMENT. The payment is to support all residents in the household.

In making grant payments we needed to make some assumptions. We have assumed that the recipient is a liable council taxpayer (or would be if the property was not exempt). The property also needed to meet our eligibility criteria, detailed below, on 1 April 2022. If either of these does not apply, you may be required to return the payment.

Eligibility

You will receive £150 energy rebate if: 

  • your property is in Council Tax band A to D (or band E where there is a disabled band reduction)
  • you are liable to pay Council Tax
  • the property is your sole and main residence on 01 April 2022
  • you do not currently pay any Council Tax because you receive maximum Council Tax support and have no Council Tax to pay
  • the property is in exemption classes N, S, U or W:
      N - properties occupied solely by student
      S - occupied by under eighteen year olds only
      U - occupied only by severely mentally impaired persons
      W - annexe occupied by dependant relative

You will not be eligible if: 

  • your property is a second home
  • your property is empty on 01 April 2022
  • you are in Council Tax bands E to H (some band E properties are eligible where there is a disabled band reduction)

How the £150 will be paid to you if you pay by direct debit

For eligible residents who pay by direct debit and have recently had a payment received and cleared, we expect payment to be made from the end of April 2022. This will be paid directly to the account that we use to collect your payments.

If you have recently set up a direct debit, once a payment has been received and cleared, we will look to get a payment issued within three weeks.

However, depending on your first direct debit payment date we may invite you to apply online for the £150 energy rebate. 

If you do not pay by direct debit

We will be writing to every Council Tax payer that is eligible and does not pay by direct debit inviting them to make an online application. 

These letters will be sent out to Council Tax payers from the end of April and throughout May.

How this affects paying your normal bill

You must continue to pay your Council Tax bill as normal on the dates shown on your bill for 2022/23. If you are struggling to pay, please contact us.

People who share paying the bills

Only one payment of £150 can be paid per property. Where the Council Tax is paid by direct debit the £150 will be paid to the account that is used to pay the Council Tax. Where the Council Tax is not paid by direct debit, customers will need to decide who is going to apply. We will pay whoever applies for the property, as long as the applicant is one of the liable parties for paying Council Tax. 

Discretionary Fund

We have been allocated funding to administer a discretionary scheme for vulnerable and low-income households. 

For those households in receipt of Council Tax Support (on 1 April 2022) and living in properties in Council Tax bands A to D, we will automatically award an additional £20 from the discretionary fund which will increase the total payments received to £170. This payment will be received in the same way as the main energy rebate scheme. The discretionary payments may not necessarily be paid at the same time as the £150.

For households in receipt of Council Tax Support (on 1 April 2022) living in Council Tax bands E to H, we will make an award of £170. The Council will contact residents regarding the payment.

Please note eligible Council Tax Support claimants do not need to make an application for the discretionary payment.

Find out your Council Tax band

Find out what Council Tax band your property is in. 

 Check your Council Tax band

Find more information about the rebate on the Gov.uk website.

 

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