£150 Energy Bill Rebate

Latest update: 1 July, 2022: 

If you live in a property in Council Tax bands A to D, you are now likely to have received your £150 Council Tax (Energy Bill) Rebate. The council has already paid 62,500 rebates of £150.
 
Payments have ordinarily been made by bank transfer to those paying their 2022/23 Council Tax by Direct Debit. If you pay by another method, or are exempt from payment, letters from the Post Office have been issued to eligible households throughout June. The letters issued provide details of how to collect your rebate from any Post Office branch. If you have received a letter from the Post Office, we would urge you to collect the rebate from any Post Office branch, as soon as is possible.
 
There are a small number of rebates that are still to be paid to householders. In order to comply with the instructions provided by the Government, the council need to undertake further assurance checks to confirm eligibility, prior to payment. We can assure you that we are dealing with the remaining cases as a matter of urgency and payments will continue to be made in July.
 
Please be assured that everyone who is eligible for the £150 rebate will receive it. But we must make the necessary checks prior to payment. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Further information about the scheme is included below.

The Council Tax (Energy Bill) Rebate

The Council Tax (Energy Bill) Rebate is a fixed payment of £150 for eligible properties.  A maximum of one payment will be made per eligible property, even if more than one person is named on the Council Tax bill or lives in the property. No adjustment to this sum will be made for single-person households or multi-person households.

The rebate will be paid to the person who is the Council Taxpayer as at the end of the day on 1st April 2022. The one-off payment of a £150 rebate will not need to be repaid, is non-taxable and will not affect any benefits that you may receive.

How will my household receive the energy rebate?

The energy bill rebate will usually be paid to the person named on the Council Tax bill and will be provided to support all residents of the household. Where more than one person is named on the Council Tax bill, only one payment will be made.

Direct Debit Payers

If you are eligible and currently pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, you will not normally need to make an application for the payment. The £150 will be paid into the same bank account used to pay your Council Tax in the vast majority of cases.

Where multiple residents of an eligible household are jointly and severally liable for Council Tax, and we hold a live Direct Debit instruction for that household, the full £150 payment will be made to the Direct Debit account.

Knowsley Council is required to undertake pre-payment assurance checks to verify that the bank account details held match the details from the Council Tax records before issuing the payment. Where the name on the bank account does not match to the person or persons that we have liable to pay the Council Tax, we may contact you with details on how you can obtain your £150 rebate.

Non-Direct Debit Payers

If you choose to pay Council Tax by any other method than Direct Debit, including bank transfer, credit or debit card, or if you have an exemption (for example you are a student or receive full Council Tax Reduction), you should be contacted by the Post Office regarding the rebate.

The vast majority of these letters were issued throughout June, detailing how to collect the £150 rebate from any Post Office branch. There are a small number of rebates that are still to be paid to householders. These relate to cases where further assurance checks are needed to confirm eligibility, prior to payment. This is being done as a matter of urgency and payments will continue to be issued in July. 

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the £150 Council Tax rebate, you will need to meet all of the following criteria on 1st April 2022:

  • Be named on the Council Tax bill
  • Be living in a property in Council Tax band A to D or in a Council Tax band E property and be receipt of a disabled band reduction
  • the property must be your sole or main residence
  • the property is a chargeable dwelling, or is in one the following exemption classes:
    • N – everyone living in the property is a student
    • S – everyone living in the property is aged under 18
    • U – everyone living in the property has a severe mental impairment
    • W – the property is an annex occupied by:
      • a dependent relative who is aged 65 or over
      • someone with a severe mental impairment
      • someone who is substantially or permanently disabled

You will still be eligible to receive the £150 if you do not currently pay any Council Tax because you receive a 100% Council Tax Reduction and have no Council Tax to pay.

Your Council Tax band is shown on your Council Tax bill. You can also check your band by entering your postcode on:
www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-council-tax-band/search

Who is not eligible?

The energy bill rebate will not be paid if:

  • A property has no permanent resident
  • A property is a second home
  • A property is unoccupied (for the purposes of calculating council tax)
  • The Council Taxpayer is exempt from paying for any reason with the exception of properties with an exemption under classes N, S, U or W
  • The person who is liable to pay the Council Tax (or would be where the property not exempt) is a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or a governmental body
  • The Council Taxpayer is not resident in the property

Changes in Circumstances

Band Changes

The effective date for the Council Tax (Energy Bill) Rebate is the end of the day on 1st April 2022. Changes made to the Council Tax band of the property after this date will not be taken into consideration.
The exception to this is newly built homes awaiting a valuation band from the Valuation office Agency. In these circumstances, if the effective date is 1st April 2022 or before, a payment may be made provided if all of the eligibility criteria are met.

Occupancy Changes

Where the occupancy of a property changes on or before 1st April 2022, the resident occupying the property at the end of 1st April 2022 will be eligible for the rebate. If you have recently moved into or out of a property in Knowsley, please inform the Council as a matter of urgency.
Further information on the rebate is available at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/council-tax-rebate-factsheet

Discretionary Funding

Knowsley Council has been allocated some discretionary funding to provide support to other energy bill payers, who are not eligible under the conditions of the main scheme. The discretionary scheme will have limited funding. Once the eligibility criteria have been established, we will publish details of the scheme on our website, which will include the eligibility criteria and full details of any application process.