Council tax £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate

The Government has announced a £150 payment to help with energy costs for people whose homes are in council tax bands A-D.

We have received the Government guidance on how to administer the payment and are working behind the scenes to set the scheme up.

The £150 will be made as direct payments to households. To be eligible for a payment you must be living in your property and liable for paying council tax on 1 April 2022.

If you pay your council tax by Direct Debit 

We are in the process of making payments directly into the bank accounts of those people who pay their council tax by Direct Debit. Most people received their £150 payment into their bank account on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April 2022.

The £150 payment appeared on your bank statement alongside the 9-digit council tax reference number and the words CTRebate, for example, 500045678CTRebate

We are unable to make payments directly into the bank accounts of some Direct Debit payers. Where we can, we will send these customers a letter with a Post Office Payout voucher. If we can't make a payment by Post Office Payout voucher we will contact the customer directly as we may need to ask for some more information so that we can make the payment. 

If you have recently set up a Direct Debit

If you signed up to pay your council tax by Direct Debit before 7 April 2022, in most cases we should be able to automatically pay the £150 council tax rebate into your bank account. 

If you signed up for Direct Debit after 7 April, unfortunately we won't be able to make the payment automatically. We will contact you to let you know how to get the £150 payment soon. We expect to contact people in mid-May but please check this web page for updates.

If you do not have a direct debit set up

If you pay your council tax in cash (by PayPoint, standing order/ bank transfer or online) or have no council tax to pay, we will be sending you a letter with a Post Office Payout voucher which you can use to claim your £150 at any local Post Office branch. 

We are working with the Post Office to send 94,000 letters and vouchers out over the next few weeks. 

Timeframes 

Due to the volume, the letters will be sent out in batches. The first batch will be posted out from Wednesday 18 May 2022, with those initial letters hopefully landing by Friday 20 May 2022. The rest of the letters will then be sent out in batches in the following few weeks.  

We expect that all 94,000 letters will have been issued by mid-June 2022. 

The deadline for cashing the vouchers is 3 months from the date of the letter or 1 September 2022, whichever is soonest.

Find out how to cash your post office voucher

Discretionary scheme

A separate discretionary scheme will be available for people on low incomes or in vulnerable groups. 

We do not have any further information on this scheme yet.

If you are not sure which council tax band your property is in, you can check using the Government's online council tax band checker.

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