Discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate

Last Updated: 24 November 2022

A £150 energy rebate for households in bands A-D was part of the government’s initiative to help households with rising energy costs. The main scheme has now closed. If you are eligible and didn't submit your details to enable the £150 payment, it has been credited to your council tax bill.

If you are not in bands A-D, some discretionary funding is available to help households who did not qualify for the main scheme.

We have already made payments to people in bands E-H in receipt of certain benefits and discounts under our discretionary scheme and also ran an application window for those households in receipt of certain income based benefits. Those applications have now been considered and applicants have been advised of the outcome.

You can read the full details of our discretionary scheme:

Council Tax Rebate Energy Scheme (Discretionary) Eligibility Criteria (PDF 192KB / 2 pages)

Update of 11 November 2022

We are now making our final discretionary energy rebate payments to households.

We are making payments of £150.00 to households:

  • who are in receipt of a disregard on their council tax bill for Severe Mental Impairment or Carer (or both) on 1 April 2022
  • or where the banding of the property has been reduced into Band D (with effect from 1.4.2022 or before) where the other eligibility criteria were met

We are also making ‘top up’ payments of £42.00 to Council Tax Reduction recipients of working age in Bands A – H who were in receipt of Council Tax Reduction as at 1 November 2022.

Payments

We have identified the households that meet the criteria above and where we already hold your bank details for payment of Council Tax by direct debit, or you have already given them to us previously to enable payment of Energy Rebate we will be making the payment automatically into your bank account on Tuesday 15th November.

If we do not hold your bank details we are writing to you to invite you to complete a simple on line form to provide your bank details so that we can make your payment. You will need to provide your bank details by 20 November 2022 so that we can make the payments into bank accounts on or before 30 November 2022.

The payment will have the following reference showing that it is payment from South Lakeland District Council – SLDC ENERGY REBATE.

If you have not provided bank details the rebate will be credited to your council tax account.

Please note the 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.

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