Council Tax Rebate - Full details
The Government has now issued guidance on the Council Tax Rebate, and you can find this on the Gov.UK website.
The Government will provide funding for councils to give all households in England in Council Tax bands A to D, a one-off Council Tax Rebate payment of £150. This payment will operate separately from the Council Tax system (it will be a payment rather than a reduction in your Council Tax bill) using Council Tax lists to identify households that might be eligible.
If eligible, payments will hopefully be made from April onwards. The Government has announced that the payment is a one off and non-repayable.
Eligibility for the Council Tax Rebate
The important date is the end of the day on 1 April 2022. To be eligible for the payment, you must fulfil all of the following on that date:
- The property must be in Council Tax bands A to D (but also includes a property in Band E which on 1 April 2022 is entitled to a Disabled Band Reduction which reduces the charge to that of a Band D property)
- The property must be the Council Taxpayers sole or main residence on that date. This would exclude empty property, second homes or property that are houses of multiple occupation. It does include occupied property where no Council Tax is due - such as a property only occupied by a full time student)
- The person liable to pay the Council Tax must be an individual, not a company or organisation
There is only one £150 Council Tax Rebate payment per household (property).
If you move out of a property before the 1st April, you will not be eligible for the payment on that property, but may be on your new one. Should you be paid the Council Tax Energy Rebate for a property you were not living in on 1 April, you will have to repay it.
The final date for payment of the Council Tax Rebate is 30 September 2022. Any payment not made by that date, such as due to a late or incomplete application, will not receive the Rebate. The Council is not able to make any exceptions or extensions to this date.
Payment of the Council Tax Rebate
The Rebate is not reduced from your Council Tax bill, but instead is a one off payment to those eligible
If you already pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit you do not need to do anything and will receive the £150 in your bank account by the end of April. The only exception to this is where the surname on the bank account does not match that of the person liable to pay the Council Tax. You may be asked to complete an online form in this case.
If you have just set up a direct debit to pay your Council Tax for 2022/23 then you will get your £150 Rebate paid in to your bank account shortly after your first Council Tax payment has been made.
The only exception to this is where the surname on the bank account does not match that of the person liable to pay the Council Tax. You may be asked to complete an online form in this case.
If you do not pay by Direct Debit you will need to apply for the Rebate. Use the button below to apply:
You will need to prove that you are the person liable for the Council Tax and eligible for the Rebate. There will also be additional checks that have to be carried out for this - please note this is a requirement of Central Government to be eligible for the Rebate.
Paying your Council Tax by Direct Debit
Paying your Council Tax by direct debit is the easiest way for most people to pay. You can choose to pay on the 1, 15 or 28 of the month, and can spread the bill over the whole year if you prefer. As long as there is money in your account to make the payment, you won't have to worry about missing a payment.
You can also sign up to view your Council Tax account details online, and tell us of any changes in your circumstances.
For those who do not pay their Council Tax by direct debit, the Council will need to ask you for your bank account details so you can receive the £150 Energy Rebate.
Please check that the communication requesting bank details has come from the Council before providing them