Council Tax £150 energy rebate

Last Updated: 27 May 2022

Please note we are not calling taxpayers to ask for bank details for the rebate payments and any communication from us will come in a letter

Payments

When you will receive payment if you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit

We are starting to pay customers who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit and we expect the first payments of £150 to show in bank accounts on 31 May 2022. The payment will show the following reference: SLDC ENERGY REBATE.

We are only able to make a payment where we are satisfied that the household is eligible and where the name on the bank account details that we hold matches the name of the person on the Council Tax bill so you may not have received your payment yet.

Please be assured that we are now working through the rest of the eligible households, undertaking checks where necessary, so that we can make the rest of the payments as soon as possible and we appreciate your patience as we are doing this.

We will make regular payments over the coming weeks to ensure all remaining eligible households receive their payment before the final deadline of 30 September 2022.

If you don’t currently pay by Direct Debit

We hope to start writing to people in June 2022 to invite you to complete a short online form to provide your bank details so that we can make your payment. We are testing the online form at the moment and it will be available on our website as soon as it is ready.

We will be required to check that the bank account is in the name of the person who is liable for Council Tax and will do our best to make your payment as soon as possible once we have verified this.

The letter will also explain how we will make your payment if you do not have a bank account.

If you are eligible for the rebate and someone else usually pays your Council Tax by Direct Debit, we will write to you explaining what we need to pay you the £150.

Please note the £150 rebate will not need to be repaid unless it has been paid in error or it comes to light that a household was not eligible to the payment due to a change in circumstances. If you have received a payment and think you may not be in a qualifying property, please let us know straight away. The eligibility criteria are shown below.

If you are worried about your bank allocating the energy rebate payment to other fees and charges, you can ask for them to treat the payment as a payment towards your bills. National Debtline have created a sample letter that you may find helpful: National Debtline: Ask your bank to pay particular bills out of your account

Claiming the rebate if you are not liable for Council Tax or your property is in Band E - H

We are working on a scheme for using discretionary funding from the government to provide further assistance to those who most need it. Details about this will be available soon.

Eligibility

You are eligible for this rebate if your home is in Council Tax band A to D and you were the liable person for council tax on 1st April 2022. This also includes any band E property paying the equivalent of band D where disabled relief has been applied. Please note:

  • the property must be occupied
  • the property must be someone's sole or main residence
  • payments must be made to the liable Council Tax-payer
  • the property must be a chargeable dwelling

Properties with the following exemptions will also be eligible:

  • Class N: students
  • Class S: under 18
  • Class U: severe mental impairment
  • Class W: occupied annexe

Accounts in receipt of Council Tax Reduction (CTR) will be eligible where the band of those properties is in bands A – D.

Any properties that are unoccupied, classed as a second home, or the liable party is a local authority, corporate body, housing association, or government body, will not be eligible for the £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate.