£150 energy payment
You do not need to get in touch with us at this time, but you may have seen in the news recently that the Government is asking local councils to pay some households a £150 payment to offset the upcoming rise in energy prices.
We have now received the software that we need to identify eligible households and make payments. We are currently testing it and expect to be able to start making payments to Direct Debit payers during the last two weeks of May.
We are working with our software supplier to set up a system to collect bank details from eligible households that don’t currently pay by direct debit. We expect this will be ready by June and we will write to those households to provide details of what they need to do.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties and are struggling to pay your council tax, please contact us on 01629 818222 or by email at email@example.com so that we can provide help and advice.
Who will receive the £150 energy payment?
You will receive a one-off payment of £150 if you:
- Live in and pay council tax on a property which is in bands A to D, or
- Live in and pay council tax on a property which is in band E, and this property contains facilities for a disabled person and so your council tax charge is adjusted to the band D level.
How will the £150 payment be made?The government has asked that the payment is made directly into the household’s bank account.
When will the payment be made?
It is regrettable if residents have been given the impression that the energy rebate payment will be made on 1 April.
Government guidance on the payment process was late arriving, and we’ve had to wait for our software supplier to provide us with software to identify eligible households and make payments. We have now received the software and are currently testing it. We expect to be able to start making payments to Direct Debit payers during the last two weeks of May.
The Government guidance stipulates we have to make a £150 payment rather than simply reducing the amount of an eligible household's council tax bill, which would have been a relatively simple process.
The guidance also requires Councils to do pre-payment checks, which means it would in any case have been impossible to safely make payments on 1st April. With Direct Debit customers the guidance suggests we wait for a successful Direct Debit collection before making a payment. For those customers who are not on Direct Debit, we need to securely gather bank details, ask for identification and process pre-payment checks.
Because of this we don't expect to be able to make the first payments until the lastv two weeks in May for Direct Debit customers and later for non-Direct Debit customers.
Will you need to provide the Council with your bank details?If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, we will use the bank details we hold to make the £150 payment to you. We should be able to do this automatically. If we find that we need more information from you, we will get in touch with you directly.
If you pay your Council Tax by a different method, we will need to collect your bank details, so we can make the payment to your bank account. If this is not possible, we will need to agree another method of payment. We will write to you again to let you know what you need to do.
Will you receive the energy rebate payment if you receive a full discount or exemption to your Council Tax charge?Provided that you live in a property that is in band A to D*, your household will receive the £150 payment.
*Or you live in a property which is in band E, and this property contains facilities for a disabled person so that your council tax charge is adjusted to the band D level.
Will you receive the energy rebate payment on a property that no one lives in (e.g a second home)?You will not receive the energy rebate on this property. It is only paid in respect of properties that people live in.
Is there a Discretionary Fund?
A small amount of funding is available to support households who do not meet the eligibility criteria, but who need additional help with their energy bills. This discretionary scheme is now being developed.
We anticipate that households who are in Council Tax bands E to H who are in receipt of Council Tax Support will be eligible to receive a payment from the discretionary scheme.
More information on the Council’s discretionary fund will be provided on our website once the scheme has been developed.
How can I find out more?We will put the latest information on this webpage.
We will contact households again if we need more information to enable the payment to be made. You do not need to get in touch with us at this time.