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Energy bill - £150 Council Tax rebate

17 July 2022 Update

Over 18,900 payments have been issued to eligible main scheme households so far.

Our priority and focus now is to issue all remaining eligible households that have not yet received a Main Energy Rebate payment and those customers who have applied for a Discretionary Rebate.

Delays in issuing a payment could be for several reasons i.e.,

  • changed address reported after 1st April,
  • those properties that were un-banded at the start of the scheme.
  • Issues with bank accounts details provided

Therefore, these cases require manual intervention to establish eligibility before the payment can be issued.

Customers who have difficulty providing bank account details for their payment, can contact us to be provided with support, such as:

  • Getting help to open a bank account
  • Getting assistance with the First Right of Appropriation (this is access to the Energy Fund from any overdrawn bank account)
  • Third party bank payments (a nominated account to have payment made to)

The Chancellor announced a Council Tax rebate in England of £150 for all properties in Bands A to D, to be paid from April 2022.

The Energy Rebate will not have to be repaid. Please read the Government Information leaflet

If you live in in a property in Council Tax Bands A to D, you are entitled to receive a one off Council Tax rebate payment of £150.  The rebate will not be paid for second homes or empty properties. This will not have to be repaid.

This payment is separate to your Council Tax, and the government are simply using the existing Council Tax database to process the rebate and identify those households who qualify.

If you live in in a property in Council Tax Bands A to D, you should receive a one-off Energy Rebate payment of £150, as long as the criteria set out on the following page is satisfied: 

How will the payment be made?

The quickest way to receive your £150 Energy Bills Rebate is if you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit.  

Most people who pay by Direct Debit have now received their payment.

If you live in Band A-D (opens in a new window) property and pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit but you have not yet received your £150 Energy Rebate payment you can now apply for your payment.

If you live in Band A-D property and you do not pay by Direct Debit you can also apply for your payment. You can find out your Band here (opens in a new window).

Discretionary Energy Rebate Scheme

For those who need help with their energy bills but are not eligible for the Energy Rebate scheme – such as households on a low income in higher bands (E to H) or with properties in bands A to D that are exempt from council tax – local authorities have received £144 million of discretionary funding to help.

North Warwickshire's Discretionary Rebate Scheme policy is available to download Discretionary Rebate Scheme policy

Apply for a Discretionary Energy Rebate payment.

Please see the Energy Rebate FAQ's for more information.

Local authorites are required to make all £150 Energy Bills Rebate Payments by 30 September 2022.

Before applying for your Energy Rebate Payment, please note:

If you DO NOT have a bank account then you will not be able to complete the online application form to receive your payment.  However in exceptional circumstances North Warwickshire Borough Council may consider it appropriate for a payment to be made to a third party if nominated by an eligible, liable council tax payer.  If you wish to have the Energy Rebate paid into another person’s bank account you can complete the applicaiton form, but we will need to do some security checks and this may delay payment. 

If you would like advice about opening a basic bank account you will find more information available here.  Alternatively, you can contact the council’s Financial Inclusion Support Team, Email: financial.inclusion@northwarks.gov.uk  

Alternatively you can have the Energy Rebate paid direct to your Council Tax account, which will reduce your bill. If this is something that you would like to choose then please email energyrebate@northwarks.gov.uk to request this option.

Last updated Tuesday, 19th July 2022

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