Energy Rebate Scheme 2022 - Now closed

The Government as provided funding for billing authorities to give all households in England, whose primary residence is valued in council tax bands A – D a one-off council tax energy rebate payment of £150.

Full details of the scheme can be found on the gov.uk website.

Discretionary Energy Rebate Scheme – extra support 

Alongside the one-of Council Tax Energy Rebate scheme, the Government provided funding for billing authorities to operate a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible. 

The discretionary Council Tax rebate scheme is now closed.

 

Group A

Surrey Heath Borough Council will make a single one-off payment of £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate Discretionary Scheme to individuals who do not qualify for a Main Scheme payment, where they are the liable taxpayer, the subject property is in band E-H, and it is their sole or main residence and they:

  • are in receipt of Local Council Tax Support on the 1 April 2022 or
  • are in receipt of a Disabled Band Reduction on the 1 April 2022 or
  • are classed as a Care Leaver in accordance with The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 on the 1 April 2022 or
  • are exempt from Council Tax under class U due to a determination of the dwelling being occupied only by person(s) being Severely Mentally Impaired in accordance with The Council Tax (Discount Disregards) Order 1992 (as amended)

Customers who qualify under the criteria and pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit have been paid direct to the bank account used to pay their council tax and all other customers have been invited to claim the £150 payment using the online application process.

Those who do not claim the £150 payment will have the £150 credited to their council tax account before the scheme closes.

Group B

A payment of £150 under the Discretionary Scheme will be considered by online application from residents who are the liable taxpayer and this is their sole or main residence and:

  • the property is in band A-D, and they moved into the property between 2 April 2022, but before 30 April 2022, provided they have not already received a Council Tax Energy Rebate.
  • A single payment of £150 will be awarded to any household who resides in a dwelling with a Council Tax band E to H, provided they have not already received a Council Tax Energy Rebate, and are not in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and who are in receipt of any of the following on 1 April 2022:
  • Universal Credit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance allowance
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit

Any resident who does not fall within any of the categories above and is experiencing financial difficulties should apply to the Exceptional Hardship Fund. Details can be found on the Surrey Heath Borough Council’s website.

For the purpose of the discretionary scheme, a household is a person or group of persons occupying a single dwelling, as defined in section 3 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. No award will be made for second homes or unoccupied dwellings. It should be noted that for the purposes of this scheme, awards will be made to the council tax liable party.

Can I stop my bank from using the rebate to pay off an overdrawn account?

Yes, this process is called ‘First Right of Appropriation’ and further information can be on the National Debtline website.

Instead of the rebate being taken by your bank to pay off an unarranged overdraft you can tell them how you would prefer the money to be used. This might be to pay for phone or energy bills, for example. Send a letter telling them when the £150 rebate is credited to your account, and how you would like it to be spent by detailing upcoming transactions.
You can view official details about the scheme on the government website

We will send out an updates as the implementation of this scheme progress and we have further information to share.