Council Tax Bill Energy Rebate Information

Those households  in Council tax bands A-D which were already on Direct Debit prior to 1st February 2022,  your £150 has been issued direct to your bank account this week. If you set up a Direct Debit after 1st February 2022, extra checks have to be made in accordance with Government guidelines and your payment should be issued in the coming weeks.
If you have received a letter asking you to provide your bank details via our online portal, and you have done this, extra checks have to be made in accordance with Government guidelines and your £150 payment should be issued in the coming weeks. If you have not yet received a letter asking you to provide your bank details via our online portal, you should receive it by the end of June.

Energy Rebate: Request for Bank Details

What is the energy rebate?

On 3rd February 2022 Government announced a package of support known as the Energy Bills Rebate to help households with rising energy bills. The energy rebate will provide a payment of £150 to households living in council tax bands A – D. Payments will be made from May 2022 and will not need to be paid back. The energy rebate is funded in full by Government.

Will I be eligible for the energy rebate?

Households are eligible where, on 1 April 2022, they are liable for council tax on a property which is in council tax bands A-D and which they live in as their main home. This includes those who receive Local Council Tax Support, even if their council tax bill for the year is less than £150.

Where the occupants of a property in bands A - D are exempt from council tax on 1 April 2022, they will also be eligible if the property falls in one of the following classes of exemption: Class N (students – other than HMOs for council tax purposes), Class S (under 18s), Class U (people with a severe mental impairment), Class W (annexes occupied by a dependent relative)

Energy rebate – Discretionary scheme

The government has provided Halton Council with some discretionary funding to provide assistance to energy bill payers, who have not qualified for the £150 energy rebate payment. The council is providing the following assistance from the discretionary fund: 

  • Council tax payers at 1st April 2022 in bands E to H who are currently receiving council tax reduction and/or housing benefit will be paid £150.
  • Council tax payers who become liable from 2nd April 2022 and up to 30th June 2022 in bands A to D and have not previously been awarded the energy rebate will be paid £150 (whilst funding is available).
  • Council tax payers who become liable from 2nd April 2022 and up to 30th June 2022 in bands E to H and are receiving council tax reduction and/or housing benefit, and have not previously been awarded the energy rebate will be paid £150 (whilst funding is available).
  • A ‘top-up’ award of £20 will be paid to council tax payers in bands A to D who are receiving council tax reduction. This award will be paid in August 2022 direct into the council tax payers bank account or will be credited to their council tax account if we do not hold the bank account details.

Please note

The council will identify all council tax payers eligible for the above discretionary awards from its own records and will contact people directly. There is no need to apply or contact the council to request this discretionary award.  

I currently pay by Direct Debit – When will I receive my £150 energy rebate?

If you live in an eligible property and you pay your council tax by direct debit, we will make the payment directly to your bank account, starting from May 2022.

Those households who were on Direct Debit prior to 1st February 2022 and whereby the bank account name matches the name of the person liable to pay the Council Tax will be paid first.

If your bank account name is different than the person liable to pay the Council Tax, extra checks, in accordance with Government guidelines have to be made and providing we have been able to verify your bank details, your payment should be paid in May 2022.

If we have not been able to verify your bank details, we will write to you in May 2022, detailing how to claim your £150.

If you set up a Direct Debit after 1st Feb 2022, extra checks need to be made in accordance with Government guidelines and you should receive your £150 by 31st May 2022. You do not need to do anything in the meantime, so please avoid contacting the Council in May 2022 if your query relates to your energy payment as we are busy administering the scheme and wait times may be significant.

I currently pay by non - Direct Debit – How can I apply for the energy rebate?

If you live in an eligible property and you do not pay your council tax by direct debit, we will write to you in May detailing how to claim your £150. You do not need to do anything in the meantime.

What if I don’t want to give you my bank details?

If you don’t want to give the council your bank details, your £150 energy rebate will be credited to your council tax account after 30th June 2022.

How do I know what council tax band I am in?

If you are not sure which council tax band your property is in, you can check by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands

Why is my energy rebate not being paid in April 2022?

Energy rebate payments will only be made with effect from May 2022. This is due to software changes that are required to facilitate the payments, as well as annual billing and year end processes.

Additionally. the Government’s own advice recommends waiting until after the first council tax instalment of the new financial year has been collected by direct debit as a measure to reduce fraud and erroneous payments.

Should I have received the energy rebate as a discount on my council tax bill?

The rebate will be provided as a separate payment, rather than as part of your council tax bill.

This allows the support to be provided to households more quickly, rather than the benefit being spread as a discount across the usual 10 or 12 council tax bill instalments during 2022-23. It also means that households that do not pay council tax - for example, if they are exempt or have nil liability - are not disadvantaged.

Do I have to pay the £150 back?

No. The £150 council tax rebate does not have to be paid back.

What if I don’t wish to receive the £150 energy rebate?

The rebate will either be paid automatically or credited against your council tax account. The Council will not accept refund of the payment. The Council would suggest you contribute the funds to a local charity if you do not wish to be in receipt of the rebate.

Who will receive the energy rebate where an eligible property has multiple residents?

One £150 payment will be made per eligible household (defined as a person or group of people living in a property that attracts a separate council tax bill).

If your household is eligible and you usually pay your council tax by direct debit, payment will be made to the direct debit bank account. You do not need to do anything in the meantime.

If your household is eligible and you do not pay your council tax by direct debit, we will write to you detailing how to claim your £150. You do not need to do anything in the meantime.

Someone else usually pays my council tax on my behalf - will they receive the energy rebate?

The rebate is available to people who live in an eligible property for which they are liable for council tax. In most cases, the occupants of a property are liable for council tax, even if the bill is usually paid by someone else.

If you are eligible for the rebate and someone else usually pays your council tax by direct debit, we will write to you detailing how to claim your £150. You do not need to do anything in the meantime.

I live in a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) and my landlord is liable for council tax. Will I still be eligible for the energy rebate?

The rebate is available to people who live in an eligible property for which they are liable for council tax. It will not therefore be paid to residents of an HMO where the landlord is liable for the council tax bill.