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?

The last date to apply for the rebate payment paid directly to your bank account was 30 June 2022. After this date we will be applying the £150 credit to your council tax account.  We will then recalculate your remaining instalments and send you an amended bill. This means that nobody who is eligible will miss out on the rebate payment. If this puts your council tax account into credit you will be sent a bill with the credit showing which will have details of how to claim the money back via our normal refund processes.

Discretionary council tax rebate scheme and hardship fund

The Government have provided Warwick District Council with £228,900 for the Discretionary element of the national Energy Rebate £150 scheme, the discretionary scheme is to be aimed at the most vulnerable households in the district. You can find out the eligibity criteria and more information on the £150 Energy Rebate & WDC Hardship Fund Discretionary Scheme page.

You can find more information on the government guidance for local authorities page,  factsheets and information flyer on all of the above schemes.

Fraud

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.

Scams

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.