South Kesteven District Council has distributed Council Tax Energy Rebate payments to over 51,000 residents, including 11,227 vouchers to those not on direct debit.

Please note that almost 30% of the £150 vouchers are still not redeemed - but need to be cashed in at the Post Office before September 30 - in line with the Government deadline.

 

Non-Direct Debit payers

The last payment to non-direct debit payers will be processed WC 15 August 2022.

A letter will be issued with a barcode which can be redeemed at the Post Office.

You should receive your letter no later than Monday 22 August 2022.

If you have not yet received a payment, and think you are eligible, please only contact us after 22 August.

 

Direct debit payers

The next payment to direct debit payers will be processed WC 29 August 2022 and should credit bank accounts no later than Monday 5 September 2022.

A letter will be issued to you once the payment has been processed.

 

Post Officer Voucher - alternative form of ID

If you do not have any of the forms of ID listed in your letter - please take your 2022/23 Council Tax Bill to the Post Office and they may be able to accept that.

If the Post Office do not accept it, please contact us by emailing energyrebate@southkesteven.gov.uk

South Kesteven District Council has already distributed £150 payments to over 51,000 residents who pay their Council Tax by direct debit and whose bank account validation checks were confirmed.

Once the Post Office is satisfied identification has been proved the voucher can be redeemed, either in cash or be credited to a bank account of the residents choice.

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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

 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

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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