Council Tax Energy Rebate Payments
Update: 25 May 2022
To enable our staff to focus on getting payments out as quickly as possible, we ask that you please do not contact us to chase payment at this time. If you are eligible you won’t miss out.
We have now made 36,174 (out of 55,390 ) energy rebate payments. This will appear as ‘ENERGYREB’ on bank statements.
Most eligible households that pay their Council Tax by direct debit (DD) will have received their £150.00 rebate payment already or will do by 9 June (if their first Council Tax DD payment is made on 15, 20 or 23 May).
If you haven’t received your payment by 9 June please don’t contact us. It will mean that we not been permitted to automatically pay you and instead you will need to submit a claim for the rebate. This will include households that don’t pay their Council Tax by DD as well as those who do, but their bank account name does not match the name on the council tax bill or because they will not have made a DD payment in April or May.
We will start writing to these households in early June; a little later than we had originally planned, but we have needed to undertake some additional technical changes before our claim form can go live. We appreciate your patience . We are working toward the online claim form being available on our website on 8 June. Once the online form is live it won’t be necessary to wait for your letter to arrive before a claim is made.
What is the Council Tax Energy Rebate
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. The Government has provided an information flyer about this scheme.
The Government has also produced guidance but left some of the detail , such as the payment process, to billing authorities such as Somerset West and Taunton.
The energy rebate is a one-off fixed payment of £150 which the Council will pay on behalf of the Government.
A maximum of one payment will be made per eligible property, even if more than one person is named on the Council Tax bill or live in the property.
No adjustment to this sum will be made for single-person households or multi-person households. The payment amount is the same.
It is not means-tested. We will work out from our records who is entitled.
These rebate payments are being provided on the assumption that the property was your main residence and you were the liable council tax payer on 1 April 2022.
If that is not the case, the rebate may be liable for recovery. If you are not entitled to the rebate please contact us as soon as possible.
Who is eligible
The person or persons named on the Council Tax account who meet all of the following criteria at 1 April 2022
- Their home is valued in council tax bands A – D. This includes property that is valued in band E but has an alternative valuation band of band D, as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme;
- It is the council tax payer’s sole or main residence;
- It is a chargeable dwelling, or is in one of the following exemption classes
- N – property occupied only by students
- S – property occupied by only by people under 18 years of age
- U - property occupied only by people who are severely mentally impaired
- W - self contained annexes occupied by elderly or disabled relatives
Who is not eligible
No energy rebate will be paid in respect of:
- A property that has no permanent resident and is someone’s second home
- An unoccupied property (for the purposes of calculating council tax)
- Where the council tax payer is exempt from paying council for any reason other than one of the four classes referred to earlier
- Where the person who is liable to pay the council tax (or would be were the property not exempt) is a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or governmental body
How to check which Council Tax band your property is in
Your Council Tax band is shown on your Council Tax bill. Alternatively, you can check your band by entering your postcode on the Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) website.
What about retrospective changes to Council Tax records
Eligibility for the £150 rebate is based on the information we hold on our Council Tax records on 1 April 2022.
However, we are likely to be notified of some changes of Council Tax payer, or changes to Council Tax bands after this date, that apply retrospectively to 1 April 2022.
Where we are advised after 1 April 2022 of a change of Council Tax payer that will affect liability at 1 April 2022 we take reasonable steps to clawback payment from the person or people who received payment but should not have been named on the Council Tax records on 1 April 2022 and we will take reasonable steps to pay the person or people who should have been named on the Council Tax records on 1 April 2022.
Where the council is notified of a change of valuation band, either upwards or downwards, after 1 April 2022, regardless of when the change takes effect, the change will be ignored for the purpose of this rebate scheme. Any payments we make will be based on our records at 1 April 2022.
The exception is where a property is a new build and at 1 April 2022 not yet banded. In these cases, eligibility will be determined based on the official band subsequently allocated by the Valuation Office Agency, (VOA), provided this has an effective date before or on 1 April 2022. However, the final payment date for the rebate is 30 September 2022. No payments for whatever reason can be made after that date.
Discretionary Energy Rebate Payments
The Government has provided us with funding with which to provide additional help to those struggling with their energy bills. We have decided to use most of the additional money provided to help households who were in receipt of means tested Council Tax Support on 1 April 2022 on the basis that these households have the lowest incomes and are therefore least able to deal with rising energy costs.
We will pay £174 to households in Council Tax bands E to H that were in receipt of Council Tax support on 1 April 2022.
We will pay a £24 ‘top-up’ to households in Council Tax bands A to D that were in receipt of Council Tax support on 1 April 2022.
You do not need to do anything at the moment.
We aim to start making payment of these discretionary payments once we have dealt with the £150 rebate payments from the main scheme.