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Government's £150 rebate scheme

Eligible households across Allerdale will begin to receive their £150 energy cost council tax rebate from today (Thursday 12 May). 
 
More than 40,000 households will receive a one-off payment, with the first batch of payments for those in council tax bands A to D who pay for their council tax via direct debit.
 
There are some households whose Direct Debit details have not been verified and these will follow on as soon as possible. Households who don’t pay by direct debit will receive letters containing information on how they can collect the rebate from their local post office in the coming weeks. 

Find out more about the rebate scheme.

£150 Council Tax Energy Rebate

The government announced on 3 February that households in England, which are in council tax bands A-D, will receive a £150 rebate to help those affected by rising energy and other living costs. Unlike another scheme announced by the government, this £150 rebate will not need to be repaid. 

The £150 Council Tax energy rebate for eligible council tax payers in bands A – D. 

Your Council Tax band is shown on your Council Tax bill. Alternatively, you can check your band by entering your postcode on the Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) website. 

What is the Council Tax Energy Rebate? 

The energy rebate is a one-off fixed payment of £150 which the Council will pay on behalf of the Government. 

A maximum of one payment will be made per eligible property, even if more than one person is named on the Council Tax bill or lives in the property. 

No adjustment to this sum will be made for single-person households or multi-person households. 

Who is eligible? 

The person named on the Council Tax account who meets all the following criteria at 1 April 2022: 

  1. Their home is valued in council tax bands A – D. This includes property that is valued in band E but has an alternative valuation band of band D as a result of a disabled band reduction; 
  2. It is the council tax payer’s sole or main residence; 
  3. It is a chargeable dwelling, or is in one of the following exemption classes: 
  • N – property occupied only by students 
  • S – property occupied by only by people under 18 years of age 
  • U – property occupied only by people who are severely cognitively impaired 
  • W – self-contained annexes occupied by elderly or disabled relatives 

Who is not eligible? 

No energy rebate will be paid in respect of: 

  • A property that has no permanent resident and is someone’s second home 
  • An unoccupied property (for the purposes of calculating council tax) 
  • Where the council tax payer is exempt from paying council tax for any reason other than one of the four classes referred to earlier. 
  • Where the person who is liable to pay the council tax (or would be if he property was not exempt) is a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or governmental body. 

How and when will it be paid? 

Payments must be made directly to the council tax bill payer of eligible households; we are required to carry out pre-payment assurance checks to verify that the bank details held match the liable taxpayer named on the council tax records before issuing the payment. 

We are currently in the process of making payments to those who pay for their council tax via direct debit. We will write to people who do not pay via direct debit about how they can claim their rebate in the coming weeks. There is no need to contact us regarding this. 

Council Tax Energy Rebate FAQs

Our Customer Contact team is currently receiving very high levels of calls regarding the the £150 Council Tax Rebate. We have therefore created a list of some of most frequently asked questions to help residents more efficiently and effectively. Click here to see the list. 

Direct Debit payers 

If you are eligible and currently pay your Council Tax by direct debit, the £150 will be paid into the same bank account used to pay your Council Tax.

The exception to this is where the name on the bank account details according to our records does not match to the person (or persons) we have liable to pay the Council Tax.

If this is the case, we will write to you with details on how you can confirm your accounts information. Payments will be made from May 2022, after April’s Council Tax instalment has been paid. 

Non-Direct Debit payers 

If you continue to choose to pay Council Tax by any other method including standing order or you have an exemption (for example you are a student) or receive full Council Tax Reduction then we will write to individual taxpayers with details of how you can claim your £150.

Direct Debit sign up 

If you do not already pay by Direct Debit, why not request to pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit today?

This will ensure the £150 payment reaches you quickly without having to fill in an extra form. Direct Debit is the most convenient way to pay your Council Tax and over 70% of residents already use this payment method.  

The council offers a variety of payment dates to accommodate the personal circumstances of the bill payer. 

Direct Debit sign up

Changes in circumstances 

As the effective date for the Council Tax Rebate is 1 April 2022, changes made to the council tax band of your home after this date will not be taken into consideration. The exception to this is newly built homes awaiting a valuation band, in these circumstances if the effective date is 1 April or before, a payment can be made provided all the eligibility criteria is met. 

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.  This could include households living in property valued in bands E – H. This scheme will have limited funding and we are currently working with other authorities across Cumbria to develop a scheme. Once the eligibility criteria has been established, we will update this web page with the details of who may be eligible and how they should apply. 

Further information 

More information about the £150 Council Tax rebate, as well as other ways the government is helping with rising energy costs, is available at Gov.uk

Not sure of your council tax band?

You can check the My Property section of the website to find out your council tax band, or check your latest bill.