South Kesteven District Council has distributed Council Tax Energy Rebate payments to over 54,000 residents, including 11,500 vouchers to those not on direct debit.

Council Tax Energy Rebate - Discretionary Scheme

The Council approved their discretionary scheme on 10 October 2022.  As a result, our discretionary scheme is being rolled out and letters will be sent to those we deem eligible.

Details of our scheme can be found here: pdf icon SKDC-CouncilTaxEnergyRebate-Discretionary Scheme [1Mb]

The payment is being provided on a number of assumptions detailed below, that on 1 April 2022:

1.     The liable name on your Council Tax account matches your bank account name; and

1.     You were the liable Council tax payer for the eligible property above; and

2.     the property was your sole or main residence; and

3.     it is/was a chargeable dwelling;

In addition to the above, you are also eligible if you meet our discretionary scheme criteria, as detailed below:

Band A to H

Received a Household Support Fund payment between 1 December 2020 and 31 March 2022

Received a Household Support Fund payment in September 2022

Band E to H

In receipt of Severe Mental Impairment discount

In receipt of Council Tax Support

In receipt of exemption class N, S U or W

Have Council Tax arrears for 2019/20, 2020/21 or 2021/22

Band F to H

In receipt of disabled band relief

The next steps are:

Automatic award where valid bank details are held

Where valid bank details are held on the Council Tax account (a successful Council Tax direct debit was paid in the last 3 months), a Bank Transfer payment will be made during Week Commencing 31 October 2022

This should credit bank accounts by 4 November 2022

Letter to be issued if valid bank details are not held

Where the council tax department do not hold valid bank details, a letter will be issued to the identified recipients asking for their preferred method of receipt of payment:

1.      Payment into your bank account - you will need to provide your bank details; or

2.     Credit to Council Tax Account.

Deadline for information to be returned by you

11 November 2022

 

Date payments will be processed if you choose to be paid into your bank account

Week Commencing 14 November 2022

Date payments will be made to you if you choose for a credit on your Council Tax account

Week Commencing 14 November 2022

 Council Tax Energy Rebate - Mandatory Scheme

The scheme ended on 30 September 2022. 

There are 6% of the £150 vouchers which still have not been redeemed.  These vouchers have been cancelled and the £150 will be added to your Council Tax Account.  The balance on your Council Tax account then determines how you will receive your payment:

Council Tax account has a remaining balance above £150 for 2022/23

Instalments will be reduced and recalculated.  An amended Council Tax bill will be issued

Council Tax account has a remaining balance below £150 for 2022/23

This will result in a credit on the account. 

A credit form and letter will be issued with the amended bill. 

The credit form will request bank details. 

Once returned, the credit will be refunded to the bank account

3 February 2022 - Government announcement

On 3 February 2022, the government announced measures to help protect millions of households from rising energy costs. This includes a £150 council tax energy rebate. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-to-receive-350-boost-to-help-with-rising-energy-costs

Please try not to contact us
It's really important that you try your very best not to contact us to chase your payment. Extra contact just slows us down and means it takes us longer to process the payments. This page will be updated with all the information we have, as soon as we have it.

Eligibility

The Government will provide funding for billing authorities to give all households in England whose primary residence is valued in council tax bands A to D a one-off energy rebate payment of £150. This payment will operate outside of the council tax system, using council tax lists to identify eligible households. 

The Government will also provide funding for billing authorities to operate a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible. This could include for example individuals on low incomes who live in properties valued in bands E to H. 

Discretionary Scheme - Band E to H

Further announcements will be made in due course regarding this scheme

 

Council Tax Rebate (£150) - Frequently Asked Questions

Who can get the Council Tax Rebate?

All households as per the guidance issued by central Government on the 23 February 2022 whose primary residence is valued in Council Tax bands A to D.

Download the £150 Government Council Tax Rebate flyer  pdf icon 21-02_COL_A4 Flyer_FINAL [114kb]

When will I get the £150?

The scheme is not effective until April 2022. However, as we hold the bank details, we will be able to pay those customers who pay their Council Tax by direct debit first.

If you do not pay your council tax by direct debit, we will contact you to advise how the payment will be made - you do not need to contact us.

Will my annual Council Tax Bill for 2022/23 include a £150 reduction?

No.  Government guidance states payments are to be paid into your bank account where possible.

What Council Tax band is my property in?

Your Council Tax band is listed on your latest Council Tax bill.

You can check your  Council Tax band by visiting the GOVU.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands

If you do want to request a review of your Council Tax band, you will need to explain why you believe your band is incorrect and provide supporting evidence.  Guidance on this matter is provided here: https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands

Are second homes and empty properties eligible for the £150?

Second homes and empty properties are not eligible for the payment. 

I don't want to sign up for Direct Debit, how will I claim my £150?

We are currently reviewing this.  As soon as we have further information we will update this page.

I'm not in band E to H, will I still get help?

Every Council has been given additional funding to help households who do not qualify under the main Council Tax Rebate scheme. As soon as we have further information we will update this page.

I'm in band E to H and get full Council Tax Support, will I be able to get the £150? And how will I apply?'

Every Council has been given additional funding to help households who do not qualify under the main Council Tax Rebate scheme. As soon as we have further information we will update this page.

South Kesteven District Council has received details of the payment process, eligibility guidance and funding for the discretionary scheme and we will be developing our scheme over the coming weeks.

Re-banding requests - information from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA)

The Valuation Office Agency has received an increased number of requests from ratepayers asking how they can check and review their banding.

If you do want to request a review of your Council Tax band, you will need to explain why you believe your band is incorrect and provide supporting evidence.  Guidance on this matter is provided here: https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands