£150 Council Tax Energy Rebate
On 3 February 2022, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced measures to help support households with rising energy costs. If you live in a property in Council Tax bands A to D, you are likely to receive a £150 Council Tax rebate from the Government to help with the cost of rising energy bills.
How to apply
Eligible households who have not already received the Energy Rebate can use this service to apply.
Before you start
To use this service, you will need:
- to be on our list of eligible households
- to be the person named on the bill
- your Council Tax account number
- a recent bank statement
We use the government’s Spotlight bank verification system to prevent fraudulent claims being made. When filling in the form, please complete your details exactly as they are shown on your bank statement, including your name and address.
You have the option to provide a copy of your bank statement as part of the application. You don't have to do this, however it will help ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible.
If the system rejects your claim and you have not provided a bank statement, we will credit the £150 to your Council Tax account. We will let you know if this happens.
A claim could be rejected by the verification system because:
- the details provided are incomplete or incorrect
- the bank account is a business account
- the bank account is less than three months old
Applications close on Sunday 31 July 2022. If you are eligible to claim and have not applied by this date or received your payment as a Direct Debit payer, we will credit your Council Tax account by £150.
After you have applied
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email (if you have provided an email address).
We will not call you to ask for your bank details. Please be aware that scammers could try to get your bank details and you should not give them out to people who call claiming to be from the council.
When your application has been put through the government’s system (we do not yet know how long this will take) we will arrange the payment. We expect to start making payments from Friday 27 May 2022.
We are expecting around 10,000 applications so please bear with us while we process your application.
Direct Debit payers
Payments have now been made to around 22,000 households who paid their Council Tax by Direct Debit in April and met all the assurance criteria.
Direct Debit customers who failed the government assurance checks will need to complete the application process, detailed above. We will write to customers who need to complete the application form.
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 scheme will have limited funding and we are currently working with other authorities in Kent to design a scheme. Once the eligibility criteria has been established, we will publish details of the scheme on our website and details of the application process.
Who is eligible
To be eligible for the Council Tax rebate you will need to meet all of the following criteria on Friday 1 April 2022:
- named on the Council Tax bill
- living in a property in Council Tax band A - D or in a Council Tax band E property and in receipt of disabled band reduction
- the property is your sole or main residence
- the property is a chargeable dwelling, or is in one the following exemption classes:
- N – everyone living in the property is a student
- S – everyone living in the property is aged under 18
- U – everyone living in the property has a severe mental impairment
- W – the property is an annex occupied by:
- a dependent relative who is aged 65 or over
- someone with a severe mental impairment
- someone who is substantially or permanently disabled
You will still be eligible to receive the £150 if you do not currently pay any Council Tax because you receive maximum Council Tax Support and have no Council Tax to pay.
Your Council Tax band is shown on your Council Tax bill. You can also check your band by entering your postcode on the Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) website.
What if my household isn't eligible?
The council has received additional funding to support vulnerable households who may not qualify for the £150 Energy Bill Rebate payment. Further information about a discretionary scheme will be published on this page when available.
Who is not eligible
The energy rebate will not be paid if:
- a property has no permanent resident
- a property is a second home
- the property is unoccupied (for the purposes of calculating Council Tax)
- the Council Tax payer is exempt from paying for any reason with the exception of properties with a class N, S, U or W exemption
- the person who is liable to pay the Council Tax (or would be were the property not exempt) is a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or a governmental body
- the Council Tax payer is not resident in the property
Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled some of the most common questions about the Energy Rebate scheme below.
Government guidance advised that Council's should successfully collect the April instalment before issuing a payment to a residents Direct Debit account. Where a Direct Debit was not collected on the 1 or 15 April, you will be invited to apply for the energy rebate through the application process.
Government guidance advised that Council's should complete pre-payment assurance checks before issuing direct payments to residents who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit.
These checks included:
- the name on the Direct Debit matched the name of the liable Council Tax payer(s)
- the bank account was a personal account
- the bank details were only paying for one Council Tax account
Where an account has failed these checks, you will be invited to apply for the energy rebate through the application process.
No, 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.
If your landlord is also resident at the property then the money will be paid to them.
The main scheme rebate can only be paid to a Council Tax payer who is resident in the property. The discretionary scheme is still being developed.
You can protect your Energy Bill Rebate payment by writing to your bank.
This protection is called a 'first right of appropriation of funds order'. You will need to tell your bank how to use these payments.
You will need to write to your bank at least seven days before the payment is due, making clear what this money can be used for, for example your electricity bill and gas rates.
More information and a sample letter can be found on the National Debtline website.
Where a bank account has failed the Government verification checks and it has not been possible to verify the details via an uploaded bank statement, the Energy Rebate will be automatically credited to your Council Tax account.
No, the property must be your sole or main residence to qualify for the Energy Rebate.
If you are in receipt of Disabled Band Relief and live in a Band E property you will qualify for the Energy Rebate. This is because the Council Tax you pay is charged as if the property was in Band D due to the Disabled Band Relief reduction.
Yes. The Energy Rebate is not a Council Tax payment. The £150 is an energy rebate from the government, to help people with their rising energy costs. Every eligible resident in property bands A to D is entitled to the £150 energy rebate, even if they are also in receipt of Council Tax Reduction.