Council Tax Energy Rebate

The Council is making arrangements for the £150 payment to be made to all the eligible households that live in properties within Council Tax  Bands A-D

  • If you pay your council tax by direct debit the Council will have bank account details to make your payment to you
  • If you pay your council tax by direct debit the Council will have bank account details to make your payment to you.  The name on your bank account and the liable name on your Council Tax account must match
Direct Debit
  • If you do not wish to pay by direct debit, the Council will arrange to collect your details to pay the £150 to you.

 

3 February 2002: 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. 

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. 

 

 
When will I get the £150?

 We are working hard to try and make payments to everyone eligible as soon as possible. With this in mind we would ask that you please try not to contact us about this.

The table below details when we expect to be able to make the payments, but this may be subject to change:

Date first DD taken

Date payment due to bank account

1 April

2 May

11 April

2 May

21 April

6 May

1 May

19 May

11 May

19 May

21 May

27 May

1 June

17 June

11 June

17 June

21 June

28 June

  • Non-Direct Debit payers: Invitation letters to be issued week commencing 13 June 2022
  • Discretionary Scheme Launch: Further announcements to be made in due course

Please note that if your council tax account name does not match the bank account name we hold for you, a payment may not be made, and you will be invited to make an application for the payment alongside the non-direct debit payers. This is in accordance with Government guidance, and we cannot make any exceptions to this. 

 

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, you can set up an instruction by following the link below. This will mean we will then have your details ready for when we start making payments.

Sign up to pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit

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.

How will payments be made?

If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit we will be able to pay the money straight into your bank account.

If you are not registered to pay your Council Tax by direct debit, you can now do this by completing the direct debit form (smart button which takes the resident to the online DD form here:

Direct Debit Form

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