Council Tax Energy Rebate

Page updated 15/08/2022

Energy Bills Rebate Information:

On 3rd February 2022, the Government announced plans to support households with rising energy costs, which includes a one-off £150 energy rebate for eligible council tax payers in bands A - D.

More information is available in the Governments guidance for local authorities page, energy bills and the cost of living factsheet, and the energy rebate information flyer.

Who will receive the £150 Energy Rebate?

Most households in Council Tax bands A - D will qualify for an energy rebate payment of £150.  Provided the following criteria is being met on 1 April 2022.

  • The property must be in council tax bands A to D. This includes property that is valued in band E but has an alternative valuation band of band D, as a result of the disabled band reduction.
  • The property must be the council tax payer’s sole or main residence. Payment will not be made in respect of empty properties, properties used as second homes or properties in multiple occupation (HMO), where the landlord pays the council tax.
  • If you pay less than £150 council tax, or you receive single person discount, or do not pay because you receive council tax support, you will still be entitled to the payment
  • You will also be eligible if you don’t pay council tax because you receive an exemption for one of the following reasons:
    • Everyone living in the property is a student
    • Everyone living in the property is aged under 18
    • Everyone living in the property has a severe mental impairment
    • The property is an annex that’s occupied by:
      • A dependant relative (of the person living in the main house) who is aged 65 or over
      • Someone with a severe mental impairment
      • Someone who is substantially or permanently disabled

A payment cannot be made if the council tax payer is a business, a body such as a housing association, a local authority or a government body.

When will I receive the payment?

All eligible residents will receive their energy rebate payment of £150 or have the amount credited to their council tax account by 30 September 2022.

 

Applications for the energy rebate scheme are now CLOSED.

Residents who are eligible for the rebate, but have not applied will have the £150 credited to their council tax account and a revised bill will be issued by the end of September 2022.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here to view the frequently asked questions and answers about the energy rebate scheme.

 

Discretionary Funding 

The council has been allocated some discretionary funding to provide support to other energy bill payers who are not eligible for the main scheme. Discretionary scheme payments will be made by 30 November 2022. 

Phase one of our discretionary scheme, is now closed.  The council are working on phase two of the discretionary scheme, and will publish details here about the scheme and how to apply in due course.

What if I receive a rebate and I am not entitled?

If an energy rebate has been paid in error, the council will recover any overpaid energy rebate payments.

If you believe you have received an energy rebate in error, you must contact the council immediately on 01452  396396 (option 1, then option 6) or email counciltax@gloucester.gov.uk - please include the word 'Energy Rebate' and your council tax reference number which will begin with 030 in the subject line.  

The Government will not tolerate any council taxpayer falsifying their records or providing false evidence to gain Council Tax Energy Rebate.  Anyone who provides false information or makes false representations in order to benefit from the Council Tax Energy Rebate schemes may be guilty of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.

How to check the council tax band for your property?

The council tax band is shown on your council tax bill to the left of the charge details.  If you are unsure please click here and it is point 6 on 'your council tax bill explained'

You can also check your council tax band on the government website.  Details about this and how to appeal your council tax banding can be found here.    

IMPORTANT NOTE - you must continue to make payments towards your council tax as billed.  Failure to do so may result in reminder notices being issued.

The easiest way to pay your Council Tax is by direct debit - you can set one up a direct debit by clicking on the link below.

Set up a direct debit for Council Tax 

More information about support for energy bills can be found in the government leaflet and the government factsheet.  

 

 

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