Most people entitled to the Government’s £150 energy rebate and who pay their council tax by direct debit will have received the payment. The remainder should be paid over the next two weeks (i.e. by June 13th).
Anyone who does not pay by direct debit will be contacted by the Council by the end of June and invited to make a claim.
The rebate is paid to residents living in properties in Council Tax bands A to D as a one-off payment to help with rises in fuel bills. The money does not have to be repaid.
Families who do not qualify for the £150 energy rebate, for example those living in bands E and above, may qualify for a discretionary payment if they are on a low income or receive certain benefits. All awards will be for £150.
Residents will be eligible for the discretionary fund if they meet the following criteria:
- They are not entitled to the main energy rebate scheme as they are not liable for council tax or their home is in council tax band E or above
- They are directly liable for energy costs i.e. their name is on the electricity or gas bill
- They receive an income-based benefit including Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit or have combined household earnings and pensions below £500 per week.
Further details, including the form to apply for the payments will be available on the council’s energy rebate web page when the scheme is open for applications.