£150 Government Energy Rebate
This scheme has now closed and no further energy rebate payments can be paid.
Below is a brief description of the scheme which was in place from 1 April to 30 November 2022.
In February 2022, the Government announced that around 20 million households in England in Council Tax bands A-D will get a £150 energy rebate from April.
The rebate will not need to be repaid.
Who was eligible?
Households in Council Tax bands A-D should have received the £150 energy rebate. Customers who were resident and responsible for paying the Council Tax on 1 April 2022 were eligible.
This meant that 4 out of 5 households in England will have benefited, including around 95% of rented properties. Second homes and empty properties were not eligible.
If you are unsure of your Council Tax band, check it via your printed Council Tax bill or at: www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands.
When was the rebate paid?
All energy rebate payments that related to the main scheme had to be paid to customers or credited to a customer's Council Tax account by 30 September 2022.
At this point the Council had paid over 45,000 rebates to customers.
We have now notified all customers who have had the rebate credited to their Council Tax account and explained what this meant in terms of their monthly instalments.
Discretionary Energy Rebate Scheme
The council also confirmed those customers who were entitled to the £150 Energy Rebate as part of their Discretionary Scheme. They are customers who on 1 April 2022 were resident and:
- in Band E to H and entitled to either Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit
- in receipt of an Exemption as the property was occupied by an elderly relative
- in Band E to H where the liable party was in receipt of a Carer's Council Tax Discount Disregard
- in Band F to H and in receipt of a Disabled Reduction
Customers who are entitled to the Discretionary Energy rebate and who pay by Direct Debit will have already received their payment. Those customers who we were unable to verify the bank details for, or don't pay by Direct Debit, will have their £150 rebate credited to their Council Tax account by 30 November 2022. A letter has been sent explaining how they can claim their rebate.
After the above awards have been calculated there still remained some discretionary funds available. The Council therefore decided that customers who were, as of 1 April 2022 resident in a Band A or Band B property and in receipt of Council Tax Reduction, will each receive a further £70 which has also been credited to the relevant Council Tax account by 30 November 2022. This is in addition to the £150 already paid. Those customers will also have been sent a letter explaining how the rebate can be claimed.
Last updated: 19 January 2023.
Frequently asked questions about the rebate scheme:
- I still haven't received my energy rebate and I think I was eligible - can I still apply? Unfortunately not, the main rebate scheme closed on 30 September 2022 and the Discretionary Scheme on 30 November 2022. No further claims can therefore be considered.