The Government has announced that local authorities will pay households who live in properties in Council Tax bands A to D, a one-off Council Tax Energy Rebate of £150 to help towards their energy bills.

Only one rebate can be paid per household. A household is a group of persons occupying a single dwelling.

The person receiving the payment will then be responsible for ensuring the household as a whole, benefits from the rebate.

We have now paid over 90% of the Energy Rebate payments to eligible residents who pay their Council Tax via Direct Debit.

Payments

If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit

Payments to eligible households paying their Council Tax by Direct Debit are now being issued.

This will go directly into the bank account used to pay your Council Tax bill. 

We will not issue a letter confirming that the payment has been made but it will appear on your bank statement with the payment reference OMBC ENERGY PMT. Only one payment will be made per household, regardless of the number of occupants or liable council taxpayers and the payment is intended to support all members of the household.

The rebate may be subject to clawback if it becomes apparent that all eligibility criteria was not satisfied as at 1 April 2022.

Payment will only be made if a successful instalment to pay your Council Tax has already been claimed since April 2022.

Some payments to Direct Debit payers need to undergo additional administrative checks so that we can make the payments to the correct person (e.g. where the Direct Debit payee differs to the liable person for Council Tax).

Letters have been written to those Council Taxpayers to clarify bank or Council Tax liability details.

We will not ring to ask for confirmation of bank details.  

If you don't pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit

If you don’t have a Direct Debit for your Council Tax, you do not have to do anything.

We will be sending barcoded letters to those who are eligible, and this will contain details of how you can redeem your cash payment at a local Post Office.

Working with the Post Office, these are currently being sent out and we expect to have sent out the majority of barcoded letters by 1 July 2022. However, the council is still reviewing a number of accounts that have had changes since 1 April to ensure the letters are sent to the correct person at the correct address, these should be sent by the 20 July 2022

Eligibility

Every household that occupies a property that meets all the following criteria on Friday 1 April 2022 will be eligible if, the property is:

  • Valued in Council Tax bands A to D. This includes property that is valued in band E but has an alternative valuation band of band D, because of the Disabled Band Reduction scheme
  • Someone’s sole or main residence
  • A chargeable dwelling, or in exemption classes N, S, U, or W

This means that a household with a property that meets all the criteria but has a nil Council Tax liability due to receiving full Council Tax Reduction will be eligible.

Eligible exemption classes are:

  • Class N exemption - all occupiers are qualifying students;
  • Class S exemption - all occupiers are under the age of 18;
  • Class U exemption - all occupiers are severely mentally impaired; and
  • Class W exemption - a property that is an annexe of the main property and is the home of a dependent relative of a person residing in the main property.

The following properties aren't eligible

  • A property that has no permanent resident and is someone’s second home
  • An unoccupied property (for the purposes of calculating Council Tax)
  • Properties where the liable party for the Council Tax bill is a company (corporate body) or other body such as a local authority, housing association, the government, or a government body.

Additional help

We will be issuing discretionary payments in two phases to further support those most in need.

Phase one will include payments to residents who have been in receipt of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme on 1 April 2022.

This will include an additional £25 payment for those already eligible for the £150 rebate in property bands A to D and a £175 payment to those who aren’t eligible for the £150 rebate in bands E to H.

Phase two will involve payments to residents who may not have a Council Tax liability but who have energy costs i.e., those in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

We will be contacting these people directly by letter when the time comes to apply.

We can help

Further support with things like heating your home, free school meals, and help with your mental wellbeing is also available:

Help to pay your Council Tax

If you are struggling with your current finances and are looking for extra support with your bills, you may be eligible for a Council Tax Reduction: