Energy Bills Rebate

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The Council Tax Energy Rebate is part of a package of measures announced by the Government to support to help households with rising energy bills.

The Council Tax rebate will provide a mandatory one-off payment of £150 to households living in Council Tax bands A – D. Payments will start to be made during April 2022.

The Council Tax rebate does not have to be paid back.

The Council Tax Energy Rebate It is not a reduction in the amount of Council Tax you have to pay, it is just using Council Tax information held by local councils to identify eligible households. This is why it is not shown as an amendment to any calculation on your 2022/23 Council Tax bill.

If you are not sure what Council Tax band you are in, please refer to your latest Council Tax bill or you can check your Council Tax band (opens in new window). If you would like to request a review of your Council Tax band, you will need to explain why you believe the Valuation Office band is incorrect and provide supporting evidence. For further support, read the Government's challenging your Council Tax band guidance (opens in new window).

Discretionary funding has also been provided to the Councils to support households who are in need but are not eligible for the Council Tax Rebate, known as the Discretionary Fund.

Mansfield District Council will be administering both the £150 Council Tax Rebate and the Discretionary Fund. Details of Mansfield’s discretionary scheme including how to apply will be available on this page once the details are finalised.


Council Tax Rebate Eligibility

Households are eligible for the mandatory £150 rebate where, on 1 April 2022, they are liable for Council Tax on a property which is in Council Tax bands A-D and which they live in as their main home (Second homes and unoccupied homes are excluded). This includes those who receive Local Council Tax Support, even if their Council Tax bill for the year is less than £150 or £0.

Where the occupants of a property in bands A - D are exempt from Council Tax on 1 April 2022, they will also be eligible if the property falls in one of the following classes of exemption:

  • Class N (students – other than HMOs for Council Tax purposes),
  • Class S (under 18s),
  • Class U (people with a severe mental impairment),
  • Class W (annexes occupied by a dependent relative)

Only one £150 payment will be made per household, regardless of the number of occupants or liable Council Tax payers.

Where the council’s records relating to the liable taxpayer(s) or residents’ circumstances in respect of 1 April 2022 are retrospectively updated, the council will take reasonable steps to pay or clawback payments.

Where the property band recorded on a valuation list is amended retrospectively to 1 April 2022, for example as a result of a successful appeal made to the Valuation Office Agency (‘VOA’) that concluded after 1 April 2022, the council will not be required to pay or clawback payments. The exception is where a property is a new build and awaiting an official banding from the VOA. In these cases, eligibility will be determined based on the official band subsequently allocated by the VOA, where it has an effective date before or on 1 April 2022.


How will the Council Tax Rebate be paid?

The online form has now closed.

For those customers who are yet to receive their energy rebate payment, whether due to issues they had applying online or because they were unable to apply online, they will be issued a Post Office Payout voucher in the next week or so. The vouchers will need to be cashed at a local Post Office by no later than Friday 9 September 2022. The voucher letter will tell you what you need to do to cash your voucher.

Anyone who has not cashed their Post Office Payout voucher by Friday 9 September 2022 will have their rebate credited to their Council Tax account before the scheme closes completely on Friday 30 September 2022.

Discretionary Fund

Mansfield has received £229,800 in discretionary funding. The Council is required to determine locally how best to make use of this funding and has devised the eligibility criteria for the Discretionary Fund. There will be no need for eligible customers to apply, those who we have identified as eligible will receive their payment by Post Office Payout voucher in the next week or so.

No further discretionary funding will be available once the allocation is spent and no payments can be made from the discretionary fund after 30 November 2022.


Updates

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Further information

If you still have unanswered questions about the Council Tax Energy Rebate, please see the Government's factsheet (opens in new window) for answers to the most frequently asked questions about the scheme.


Other support available

The Government also announced a £200 discount on energy bills this autumn for domestic electricity customers which has to be repaid automatically over the next 5 years. For further information about the scheme, please visit the Governments website (opens in new window).

Published: July 28th 2022