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Council Tax Energy Rebate

The Government have announced a £150 Council Tax energy rebate payment for properties in Bands A - D. This is to help with the rising costs of your energy bills.

Who can get the £150 rebate?

Most households in Council Tax bands A - D will receive a one-off energy rebate payment of £150. You can check your Council Tax band on the Gov.uk website.

The payment will not be paid for second homes, empty properties or where the liable Council Tax payer does not occupy the property e.g. houses in multiple occupation. Tenants of houses in multiple occupations may be eligible for a discretionary payment.

The payment will be made to the person who is recorded as the Council Tax payer at the date of 1 April 2022 and is to support all residents of the household. Where the Council has reason to believe that the information we hold about the valuation list, liable taxpayer(s) or residents' circumstances as at the 1 April 2022 is inaccurate, we may withhold the payment and take reasonable steps to determine the correct information.

Where records relating to the liable taxpayer(s) or residents' circumstances as at the 1 April 2022 are retrospectively updated, the Council will clawback any payments recipients are not entitled to.

Please do not call us to enquire about this at this time as we do not have any further information. We will contact residents directly should they be required to take any action to secure this payment.

When will my household receive the £150?

For households who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit

If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, you will receive your payment directly into your bank account after your first payment of the financial year has been received.

We have started making payments and these will continue in the coming weeks to include new Direct Debit payers. The payment will show as a credit of £150 will show on your bank statement with the reference dependent on who you bank with, so won't always include Stockton Council or SBC.

Payment is made on the assumption that you are the liable Council Tax payer and that the property meets the eligibility criteria on 1 April 2022. If this is not the case the payment will be liable for recovery.

Where a household has more than one person jointly responsible for Council Tax, payment will be made into the account where the live Direct Debit is received from.

Households who do not have any Council Tax to pay because they have already paid in full or receive 100% reduction but have a live Direct Debit will be paid direct into their bank account. To meet Government requirements for validation these accounts may require some additional checks. If we need any information from you we will contact you.

We need to undertake some assurance checks in line with government requirements prior to making any payments so a small proportion of payments may not be made automatically. We will contact you directly if this affects you.

 

For households that do not currently pay by Direct Debit

If we don't hold your bank details, we will be in touch with you by post to invite you to claim. The digital application form sent to you will be very busy. If you cannot access it straight away, please try again later.

We have started to send these letters out, but we are doing these in daily batches to make sure we work through the applications more quickly. The Government requires a number of additional assurance checks to be undertaken prior to non-Direct Debit payers receiving the £150 payment so it's likely to take longer to get the money to you.

Please do not call us to enquire about this at this time as we do not have any further information. We will contact residents directly should they be required to take any action to secure this payment.

 

Can I sign up for Direct Debit now?

Yes, if you would like to sign up to pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit and receive your payment direct into your bank account you can set up a Direct Debit in the following ways.

Set up a Direct Debit using our online change your payment method form

Set up a Direct Debit by viewing or registering for a Council Tax account

I'm not in a band A to D property but I still need help

A discretionary fund is available to help households who are not in bands A-D and are in need of support.

Due to limited funding it is not possible to provide support to all households in bands E-H. Under the Council's discretionary scheme, payments will be made to the following households:

  • £150 to all households in Bands E-H eligible for Council Tax Reduction on 1 April 2022
  • £50 to households not paying Council Tax, and not explicitly excluded from the Council Tax Rebate Scheme criteria, but can demonstrate exposure to energy bill increases (e.g. occupiers of Houses in Multiple Occupation)
  • £65 to all households in Band E, occupied by the council tax payer as their sole or main residence on 1 April 2022 and not receiving Council Tax Reduction

We will update this page with details of when the discretionary fund is available so keep checking back to find out how and when we will make the payments.

Please do not call us to enquire about this at this time as we do not have any further information. We will contact residents directly should they be required to take any action to secure this payment.

Where can I find out more information?

Find more information on the GOV.UK website - Households urged to get ready for £150 council tax rebate

Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible for the Council Tax Energy Rebate?

You are eligible for the £150 council tax energy rebate if you are liable to pay council tax the property on 1 April 2022, and the property is:

  • in Council Tax band A, B, C or D
  • in Council Tax band E but disabled band reduction applies, so you pay band D charge
  • someone's sole or main residence

You are not eligible if:

  • the property is a second home
  • the property is unoccupied
  • the liable Council Tax payer for the property does not occupy the property

 

I've paid my first Council Tax payment by Direct Debit but haven't received a payment yet?

We are working hard to process all payments as quickly as possible. We need to undertake some assurance checks in line with government requirements prior to making any payments so a small proportion of payments may not be made automatically. If this affects you and we need further information, we will contact you directly. 

 

I do not have any Council Tax to pay but still have a Direct Debit in place, when will I receive my payment?

We need to undertake some assurance checks in line with government requirements prior to making any payments which means your payment may not be made automatically. If we need further information from you, we will contact you directly.

 

Do I need to pay the £150 back?

No, you do not need to pay the money back unless it is identified that you are not eligible for the payment, please refer to eligibility criteria above. Payment is made on the assumption that the recipient is the liable Council Tax payer and that the property meets the eligibility criteria on 1 April 2022. If this is not the case, the payment will be liable for recovery.   

 

I do not have a bank account, how will I receive my payment?

If we cannot make a payment to your bank account then the rebate can be credited to your Council Tax account. This will be after 30 June 2022.

 

Can I choose to have the payment taken off my bill?

Yes, if you do not pay by Direct Debit and do not apply for the payment to be made to your bank account, a credit will be automatically made to your Council Tax account after 30 June 2022.

 

I can't access the internet and don't pay by Direct Debit, how do I apply for my rebate?

If you are unable to access online services please contact our Customer Services Team on 01642 527676.

 

What happens if someone else pays my Council Tax by Direct Debit?

We need to undertake some assurance checks in line with government requirements prior to making any payments which means your payment may not be made automatically. If we need further information from you we will contact you directly.

 

I am not eligible for the rebate but I still need help, is there anything available for me?

A discretionary fund is available, details of which are included above.

 

Will the rebate affect any of my other benefits?

No, this is a separate payment and it will not affect your benefits.

 

I have not received my letter with a link to apply for my rebate

We won't be writing out to every household at the same time - we'll be doing it in daily batches over about three weeks. This means we can stagger the number of forms being sent back to us so we can work quickly.

 

Why is the link to the application form to request a rebate unavailable?

The application form webpage will be very busy. If you cannot access it straight away, please try again later. We have maximised our system's capacity as much as possible to deal with as many simultaneous applications as possible.