On 3rd February 2022, Government announced the introduction of a £150 non-repayable rebate for households in England in council tax bands A to D, known as the Council Tax Rebate.
In addition, discretionary funding has been supplied to billing authorities to support households who are in need but are not eligible for the Council Tax Rebate, known as the Discretionary Fund.
To provide some immediate relief for these rising costs, while targeting those most likely to require support, billing authorities have been asked to provide a £150 one-off payment to a liable council tax payer (or a person who would otherwise be liable where the property is exempt) for every household that occupies a property which meets the scheme criteria.
The most recent information can be found on the Government's website:
Government support for energy bills and the cost of living - factsheets
This form is provided to capture the information required by the Council to verify and make these rebate payments. Where a rebate payment is issued, the person/s that according to the Council's records were the taxpayer in respect of the hereditament on 1 April 2022 is eligible to receive the rebate. Where the Council has reason to believe that the information that we hold about the taxpayer is inaccurate we may withhold or recover the payment.
You will need to have your council tax account reference and the exact name details of an account holder as they appear on a recent bill. We will ask for your date of birth and we will need a copy of your latest bank account statement to assist with fraud checking. Payments will be made by BACS to your bank account. You will be required to self-certify that on 1 April 2022, you were a liable Council Tax payer (or would have been if you property wasn't exempt).
If you are applying for a Council Tax Discretionary Energy Rebate based on receipt of benefit, you will need to upload an image of your benefit documentation. This should show your name, the benefit being received and the amount. It must include a period between 1 April 2022 and 30 June 2022 inclusive.
16 September Bands A to D Update Where direct payment has not been requested £150 has now been allocated to the council tax account and a revised bill is being processed.
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