Council tax £150 rebate - support for energy bills
As part of the government’s initiative to help households with rising energy costs, they have announced a £150 non-repayable council tax rebate for qualifying households in council tax bands A – D.
This will be in the form of a payment of £150 per household and is regardless of the number of occupants or council taxpayers named on the bill.
We have paid over 40,000 residents where we hold bank details and direct debit payments have been taken for the 2022/23 council tax bill. Any outstanding payments will be made by 31 May. If we don’t hold your bank details we will write to you by 31 May for you to supply this so payment can be made. Please do not telephone or email us to chase this payment, we will be in touch with you. We will never telephone or email you asking for your bank details. We will instead be issuing letters inviting residents to complete an online application form where they will also enter their bank details.
Households that qualify for £150 rebate
The council tax rebate will be paid to the liable council tax payer (or an occupant where the property is exempt) where the property occupied meets the following conditions on 1 April 2022.
- The property is valued in council tax bands A – D. Your council tax band is shown on your bill or GOV.UK helps you find out which band your home is in. Just put your postcode into their online tool to find the band for your home. Find your council tax band at GOV.UK
- The property is occupied as someone’s only or main home.
- It is a chargeable dwelling, or in exemption classes:
- N (occupied only by full-time students), where the students are liable for payment of council tax
- S (occupied only by persons under the age of 18),
- U (occupied only by persons with a severe mental impairment) or
- W (an annex to a property occupied by the dependant relative of the person living in the main property).
Where the liable council tax payer does not occupy the property, they will not be eligible. This means that if you are a tenant of a property where the landlord is liable for the council tax bill a council tax rebate cannot be paid.
Properties that have no permanent resident such as unoccupied properties or second homes will not be eligible.
When will payments be made?
Direct debit payers
If you already pay your council tax bill by direct debit and the name(s) of the bank account held matches the name(s) on the council tax bill, you do not need to contact us.
We have paid over 40,000 residents and will make any outstanding payments by 31 May.
The Energy Rebate payment will be made directly into the same bank account your council tax direct debit payment is taken from.
Non-direct debit payers
If you do not pay your council tax by direct debit, we will be writing to you to invite you to provide your bank details by 31 May. This will be done through a secure online application process.
We are aiming to make the payment to qualifying households within three weeks of you providing your bank details. This is a longer process as we are required to verify the bank details you provide for counter fraud purposes.
If we are unable to verify your bank details a £150 credit will be added to your council tax account.
Council tax rebate discretionary fund
The government has recognised that billing authorities may also wish to provide support to other energy bill payers who are not eligible under the terms of the core scheme, and/or to provide carefully targeted ‘top-up’ payments to the most vulnerable households in bands A to D.
To provide some immediate relief for these rising costs, while targeting those most likely to require support, Bromley Council will provide one-off payments for every household that occupies a property and meets any of the following criteria on 1 April 2022:
- Properties in Bands A to D receiving Council Tax Support, Disabled Band Relief or Severely Mentally Impaired discount or exemption will receive an extra £40 discretionary payment in addition to the standard £150 energy rebate payment
- Properties in Bands E to H receiving Council Tax Support, Disabled Band Relief or Severely Mentally Impaired discount or exemption will receive a £190 discretionary energy rebate payment
Eligibility will be determined based on the position at the end of the day on 1 April 2022. Where the council has reason to believe that the information they hold in connection to the discretionary payment is inaccurate, it will withhold the payment and take reasonable steps to determine the correct information.
When will payments be made?
Information on when these payments will be made will be added as soon as it is available.
Further details about the £150 council tax rebate, as well as other ways the government is helping with rising energy costs, are available on the GOV.UK website.