Around 20 million households in England in council tax band A-D should have received a £150 rebate.
More than 18,000 households in Craven received their £150 rebate. The deadline for applications is now closed. However, there remain around 1,000 households that are eligible for the payment but from which we haven’t received an application. We are reviewing each of these and will apply a £150 credit to the council tax account where we can determine eligibility. This will be done by the end of September.
We are now able to take applications for the Discretionary Scheme for properties in bands E-H. There is information further below to help you determine if you are eligible.
About the rebate
The government announced a package of support known as the Energy Bills Rebate to help households with rising energy bills. As part of this support, households in council tax bands A to D will receive a £150 payment, intended to help towards rising fuel costs. The payment is NOT a loan, you will not have to pay it back.
Which households received the payment?
Households in council tax bands A to D that are used as someone’s main residence were eligible to receive the rebate. Unoccupied properties and second homes were not eligible for this grant. There was only one payment per household.
Discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate
About the Discretionary Energy Rebate
The government recognises that many households need support to deal with the rising cost of household bills in 2022-23, driven by increasing energy bills. In addition to the national scheme for those properties in council tax bands A-D the government has provided funding to support a limited number of properties in Bands E-H. We expect around 760 properties to be eligible for our discretionary scheme.
The scheme will close for applications no later than 31 October 2022. It may close earlier if all the available funding is allocated before that date so please do not delay in making your application.
Who is eligible for the Discretionary Energy Rebate?
This rebate is for properties in council tax bands E – H where the liable person is in receipt of one (or more) of:
- Council tax support
- Housing Benefit
- Income based Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
Eligibility is based on the position at the end of the day on 1 April 2022. Payments will only be made to households which were occupied (as someone's sole or main residence) on 1 April 2022 AND where the person responsible for the council tax was receiving a qualifying benefit at that date.
The amount of the award will be £150. Only one payment will be made per household, regardless of the number of occupants or liable council taxpayers.
The payment will be made to the liable council taxpayer. This is in accordance with the Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.
How to apply
If you are the liable council taxpayer of a household in receipt of council tax support and we have your current bank details you do not need to apply for the rebate. An automatic payment will be made to you in early July 2022. We will write to you to tell you that we have done this. If you do not receive a letter or a payment by 11th July you will need to apply for the rebate.
If you are a liable Council Tax payer and you are in receipt of one the qualifying benefits BUT NOT council tax support you should apply online for the discretionary rebate. This is because we need you provide evidence of your entitlement to the qualifying benefit. We will also need to verify your bank account.
We are working with a company called Ascendant to help us deliver the Energy Rebate schemes. You will need to register on Grant Approval using your e-mail address. You will receive a password to allow you to complete your registration and then you will be able to make your application securely. Applying online is the fastest way to make an application. If you are unable to access online services we ask that you consider whether you have anyone, such as family member or friend that can assist you in the first instance. If you are still unable to apply on-line you should contact Customer Services on 01756 700600 for assistance. They will be able to help you complete the form but you will still need to provide your supporting evidence.
Before you apply for the rebate, please make sure you have the information below:
- You will need to have your Council Tax account number and your property reference number. They can be found on your latest bill. The property reference number starts with a zero and the account number starts with a one.
- A recent bank statement which must show your name, address, account number and sort code. It must be for the account which you want your rebate paying to. You will need to upload this document as part of your application - you do not need to provide details of any transactions if you do not want to (but see below).
- Proof of your entitlement to a qualifying benefit as at 1st April 2022 – this could a payment on your bank statement, or an award letter.
NOTE: If your bank statement covers a period including 1st April 2022 AND shows your benefit payment it will meet the evidence requirements in full.
If you prefer you can have the £150 credited to your council tax account. To do this, please email EnergyRebates@cravendc.gov.uk, quoting ‘Council Tax Credit’ in the subject line. You will need to attach proof of your entitlement to a qualifying benefit to your email and provide your name, address and council tax account number in the body of your email.
To apply, click here: https://www.GrantApproval.co.uk/Requests/QuickSchemeLink/415BC9