Energy Bills Rebate
The government has previously announced a package of support to help households with rising energy bills, worth £9.1 billion in 2022-23.
Who is eligible to receive the Council Tax Energy Rebate payment?
The qualifying date of eligibility is 1 April 2022 so you will need to be eligible for the rebate as of that date.
- You will receive the payment at the address you are living at and liable for council tax at as of 1 April 2022
- Households in England in Council Tax Bands A-D, who are not exempt from Council Tax (exemptions for classes N, S, U and W will be awarded the rebate), will be eligible for a £150 Council Tax Rebate payment
- The rebate is made as one off payment to households. This won’t have to be repaid.
- One payment of £150 will be made per household and this payment is being provided to support all residents of the household.
- Households in England in Bands A-D that pay less than £150 or do not pay Council Tax as a result of Local Council Tax Support will also be eligible for a payment of £150.
- People in receipt of the Single Person Discount in Bands A-D will be eligible for a payment of £150
- If you have moved out of your property before the 1 April 2022 you will receive your rebate from the council that you have moved to, or at the address that you have moved to within our area. If you need to tell us you have moved please complete one of our move moving forms.
Who is not eligible to receive this payment?
- Properties that have a council tax band of E and above
- Properties that have not been banded yet - if a banding comes through by 30 September 2022 and it is between a band A-D as of 1 April 2022 we will be in touch with you via post to advise what to do.
- Second homes or empty properties are not eligible, as it is only payable to a persons main or sole residence
- HMO (Houses of multiple occupancy) will not be eligible for a payment under this core scheme.
- Class O properties - An occupied dwelling used as armed forces accommodation (barracks). The Minsitry of Defence will be in touch with residents of Armed Forces accomodation to correspond about cost of living support.
How will payment be paid?
We have now started to make payments to customers who pay by Direct Debit as of 25 April 2022. We are expecting that the majority of direct debit payees will receive their rebate by the middle of May. Please do not telephone or email us to chase your payment as we are making payments every day to eligible customers. We will be making payments ongoing until we have paid all eligible direct debit customers. If there is a problem with your direct debit rebate payment we will contact you directly.
Payments have started to be made to bank accounts based on the date of your Direct Debit. You will see the £150 payment in your bank account with the payment reference WDC Energy Rebate.
- If your first payment by direct debit for this current financial year is not due to come out until later in the year eg June you will get your rebate payment after this has successfully cleared.
- If someone else pays your direct debit for you eg a landlord or a relative, and we do not already hold permission on the account for them to receive the rebate on your behalf we will write to you and invite you to apply for the rebate with your own bank details.
- We are not able to pay a business the rebate so if a business pays your council tax we will write to you to request your bank details to pay the rebate.
- We may need to check that your direct debit details are correct, if there are any issues with them we will email or write to you to ask for confirmation before paying the rebate.
- If you pay by direct debit, but are overdrawn at the bank you can use this sample letter to send to your bank so your bank does not use the £150 payment to pay off any overdraft. Appropriation sample letter
- If you would like to set up a direct debit on your council tax account you can do so on the direct debit page. Please note that if you do sign up for direct debit your first payment for the current financial year (22/23) will need to clear before we award the energy rebate page.
Non Direct Debit Accounts
For households in Bands A-D who do not pay by Direct Debit, we will shortly be sending you a letter to invite you to apply for your rebate. You can apply using this button below once you have received your letter - please do not try and apply beforehand as the form may say you are not eligible for the rebate.
Please note if you are not eligible for this payment the form will not allow you to submit an application. If you pay by direct debit please refer to the guidance above about how we are paying direct debit accounts.
If we do not receive a completed claim form back for the rebate by 30 June 2022 we will credit the council tax account with the £150 so nobody who is eligible misses out on the rebate payment. If this puts your council tax account into credit you will be able to request a refund through our usual channels.
Discretionary council tax rebate scheme
For those who need help with their energy bills but are not eligible under the main scheme above – such as households on income support in higher bands (E-H) or with properties in bands A-D that are exempt from council tax – local authorities will receive a portion of the total £144 million of discretionary funding to help.
Warwick District Council will receive £228,900 for the discretionary fund and we will publish our discretionary scheme on this page once the council has agreed its policy.
The council will be carrying out robust pre-payment checks to ensure that the correct liable person receives the rebate funds.
The government will not tolerate any council tax payer falsifying their records or providing false evidence to gain access to the Council Tax Rebate or Discretionary Fund. A ratepayer who provides false information or makes false representation in order to benefit from the Council Tax Rebate or Discretionary Fund may be guilty of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.
The council is not using any third parties to award these payments. As with any scheme, there are likely to be people that will use this rebate to try and obtain information from you, including your bank details.
Please follow our Council Tax scam advice to protect yourself. If you're ever unsure, do not provide them with any information and contact the Council directly.