Discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate

Last Updated: 2 September 2022

We are introducing a discretionary rebate scheme awarding a one-off payment of £150 to help those who were not eligible to receive a mandatory £150 energy rebate.

The scheme will be open from 2 September 2022 to 13 October 2022. The initial payment for those who do not need to complete a form will be made on 2 September 2022. All other payments will be made after the scheme closes and we aim to have the majority of payments processed by 31 October 2022. All discretionary rebates must be paid by 30 November 2022.

Households eligible for an award under the discretionary scheme can be viewed here in our policy: Council Tax Rebate Energy Scheme (Discretionary) Eligibility Criteria (PDF 192KB / 2 pages).

If you have received a letter from us asking you to provide your payment information please use this form:

Provide your payment details

If you have not been contacted by us and would like to apply for a Discretionary Rebate please make an application using this form:

Apply for Discretionary Energy Rebate

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for this rebate if your home is in Council Tax band E to H and you were the liable person for Council Tax on 1st April 2022. This excludes any band E property paying the equivalent of band D where a disabled band reduction has been applied as these are covered by the mandatory £150 energy rebate.

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

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 Discretionary Energy Rebate.

In addition to the above you will also be eligible if you fall within one of the following categories:

  • households in bands E to H where the liable person was in receipt of at least one of the following income related benefits:
    • Jobseeker’s Allowance (Income Based)
    • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
    • Pension Credit – Guaranteed or Savings elements
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit
    • Council Tax reduction
  • occupiers of houses in multiple occupation in bands A to H on 1st April 2022 who pay the energy bills and who were in receipt of one of the income related benefits listed above but where the landlord is liable to pay the Council Tax
  • households in properties in bands F to H with a disabled band reduction
  • households that receive a care leaver reduction living in properties in bands E to H

Please note that we have discretion to adjust or revise the scheme as appropriate.

Making an application

If we identify that you meet the eligibility criteria and we already hold your bank details for payment of Council Tax by direct debit, we will make a payment straight into your bank account on 2 September 2022. If we have been unable to make the payment but have identified you are eligible, then we will write to you asking you to complete a short form to provide us with your payment information. You can find the payment details form at the top of this page.

If you meet the eligibility criteria above and we have not paid you or written to you then you can still make an application, however we will need you to fill in slightly longer form that contains more questions about your circumstances. You can find the application form at the top of this page.

We anticipate that those we may not be able to identify are those who receive an income related benefit but do not receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, and occupiers of houses in multiple occupation whose landlord is liable to pay the Council Tax.

Payments

Where we identify that you meet the eligibility criteria and we already hold your bank details for payment of Council Tax by direct debit we will make the payment to you on 2 September 2022.

All other payments will be made after the scheme closes and we aim to have the majority of payments processed by 31 October 2022. All discretionary rebates must be paid by 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 do not have a bank account, we can also pay the rebate directly into your Council Tax account and you can indicate this on the online form. If you are eligible for the rebate and someone else usually pays your Council Tax by Direct Debit, we will write to you in due course explaining what we need so that we can 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.

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.