Page last updated 18 May 2022

pdf icon £150 Energy bills rebate government pamphlet [115kb]

The Chancellor announced on 3 February 2022 that most Council Tax payers in houses in Council Tax bands A to D (or band E property if in receipt of a disabled band reduction) will receive a one-off payment of £150 to support households with rising energy bills.

Payments will start to be made from 11 April 2022; households who pay Council Tax by direct debit will receive their payments first. 

This is a one-off rebate that will not need to be repaid.

Payments

Payments have started to be made to customers who pay their Council Tax by direct debit. The majority of customers who pay their Council Tax by direct debit, will receive their payment on the following dates:

Direct debit collected£150 rebate processedDate £150 rebate will show in bank account
1 April 2211 April 2022By 19 April 2022
8 April 2219 April 2022By 29 April 2022
15 April 2225 April 2022By 10 May 2022
25 April 2228 April 2022By 12 May 2022
28 April 223 May 2022By 17 May 2022

Your £150 rebate will show in your bank account as being received from CDC PAYMENTS.

If you received an automatic rebate and do not wish to keep the £150, you should return the payment to our bank account, as below;-

  • National Westminster Bank PLC, 5 East Street, Chichester, PO19 1HH
  • Sort Code:- 60-05-24
  • Account Number:- 26121204

Please ensure you quote your Council Tax reference number when returning your payment.
 

Who is entitled to the rebate

You are entitled to the rebate if:

  • your property is in a Council Tax band A to D (or if you are in a band E property and you receive a disabled band reduction)
  • you are liable to pay Council Tax
  • your property is occupied as someone's sole or main residence

You are not entitled to this rebate if:

  • your property is a holiday home or second home
  • your property is not someone's sole or main residence on 1 April 2022
  • your property is in a Council Tax band E to H (unless band E and a disabled band reduction is applicable)

If you are not sure what Council Tax band your property is in this can be found by clicking on the link below.

Check your council tax band

If want to request a review of your Council Tax band you should visit the  Valuation Office Agency's council tax band page . You will need to explain why you believe your band is incorrect and also provide supporting evidence.

When and how will you receive your £150 rebate

If you pay your Council Tax by direct debit

You do not need to contact us. You will receive your £150 rebate automatically. Payments will start to be made from 11 April. Payments will be made directly into the bank account used to pay your Council Tax. As a guide you can expect the payment to made 14 days after your first direct debit was collected for the 2022-23 billing year.  

If the name on the direct debit we hold does not match one of the names on Council Tax account, the rebate may not be paid automatically. These customers will receive a letter shortly after the first direct debit payment was collected. This letter will ask the customer to confirm the account that they would like the rebate to be paid to. Letters will start to be issued from 19 April. All requested information will need to be provided online, and the letter will provide details on how to do this. 

If you do not pay your Council Tax by direct debit

Only the person responsible for paying the Council Tax at each property can apply for the £150 rebate, and only one application can be made per household. 

Letters will start be issued to the person liable for the Council Tax from 19 April. This letter will provide information on how to provide the necessary information to allow payment of the energy rebate to be made. You will be advised to make your application online at  

Apply at Grant Approval

pdf icon Guide to applying for £150.00 Energy Bill rebate at Grant Approval [1Mb]

If you have a direct debit set up, your payment will be more automated, once your first direct debit payment has been collected, and you will not need to apply for your rebate. A direct debt can be set up on our website.  

Pay council tax by direct debit

We will not cold call you to request your bank details.

Discretionary scheme

For those who need help with their energy bills but are not eligible for the £150 rebate, local authorities will receive £144 million of discretionary funding to help.

The funding that the council has received means that we can pay 1831 households a discretionary rebate. We have developed a scheme that targets people most vulnerable to the rising cost of energy. 

A total of five groups have been identified and we have now opened the scheme for applications for those in groups 1 & 2 The eligibility criteria for these groups is listed in the table available. Applications should be made online.

You will need to have your Council Tax account number. This can be found on your latest bill. The grant approval website will require you to register before logging in to make an application. Applying online is the fastest way to make an application. However, if you are unable to access online services we are able to assist you over the phone. We ask that you consider whether you have any one, such as family member or friend that can assist you in the first instance. 

Apply at Grant Approval

Applications have started with groups 1 & 2, and we will move through the remaining groups in order of priority. This will allow us to target the support at those who need it most. The following table shows the eligibility for each group, the amount of rebate that will be paid and the opening date for applications. The following apply to all groups. 

  • Payments will be made to households whose homes were occupied (as someone's sole or main residence) on 1 April 2022. 
  • Only one discretionary payment of up to £150 will be paid per household, and applications will be opened for each group in priority order. 
  • When the limit of the fund is reached no further awards will be made. 

The table shows the eligibility criteria that will be applied by Chichester District Council when determining whether a household is eligible to receive a discretionary energy rebate. 

Group Eligibility criteriaAmount paid Opening date of applications
1

All households in Council Tax Bands E-H in receipt of Local Council Tax Reduction (CTR), Universal Credit (UC), War Pension or other means* tested benefit during April 2022 to September 2022 (whilst funds last). 

*other means tested benefit includes Housing Benefit, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income based Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, Working and Child Tax Credit. 

£1501 May 2022
2

All households in Council Tax Bands E-H in receipt of the following Council Tax Exemptions or Discounts:

  • Severely Mentally Impaired (SMI)
  • Disabled Band Reduction (DBR)
  • Carers Discount/Carers Allowance (CD/CA)

All households in receipt of a disability related benefit including Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Attendance Allowance (AA) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (whilst funds last). 

£1501 May 2022
3
  • All households whose homes were occupied (as someone's sole or main residence) on 1 April 2022; and,
  • are awaiting an official banding from the Valuation Office; and,
  • subsequently receive a valuation band between a A to D before 30 September 2022 (or whilst funds last). 

All households whose valuation band E is reduced to a band D or lower by the Valuation Office before 30 September 2022 (or while funds last). 

£1501 June 2022
4

Any other cases from households in bands E-H considered to be exceptional by the council. The household will need to demonstrate that their circumstances are exceptional* and evidence it as required by the council (while funds last). 

* exceptional circumstances will be determined by the council. However, examples of this may include those with utility debts, on a low income with no savings who are unable to meet the additional cost of energy. The council reserves the right to use its discretion on a case-by-case basis with the overall aim of reaching as many people as possible who need it the most. 

Up to £1501 July 2022
5A further top-up payment of up to £150 may be made to any household in bands A-D who demonstrate financial hardship caused by the increased cost of energy (whilst funds last). Up to £1501 July 2022
  • Customers in groups 1 and 2 that are known to the council will receive a letter in May inviting them to make an application for a discretionary rebate. 
  • Customers in receipt of Council Tax Reduction who pay by direct debit will receive this payment into their bank account automatically. It is expected that these payments will be made from 16th May, and will appear in your bank account with the reference CDC Payments.  

Important notice 

The £150 energy bill rebate is being provided on the basis that the recipient is liable for the Council Tax, or would have been if the property were not exempt) and that 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, as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme;
  • It is someone's sole or main residence (as at 1 April 2022)
  • It is a chargeable dwelling, or in exemption classes N, S, U or W*

If you receive a £150 rebate and the above criteria is not met, you should contact us immediately, as the payment will need to be returned to us, and may be liable for recovery.

The £150 energy bill rebate is being provided to support all residents of all qualifying households. 

FAQ's

 

When will I receive my £150 rebate?

If you pay your Council Tax by direct debit, payments will be made directly to the bank account used to pay your Council Tax. We hope to make the payment to you within 14 days of your April payment being collected. Payments will start to be made from 11 April. 

If you don't pay your Council Tax by direct debit, we will write to you from 19 April, with details of how to apply for your rebate.

Do I have to pay back the £150 rebate?

No, this is a one-off payment that does not need to be repaid. 

What if I don't pay my Council Tax by direct debit and have no access to be able to complete an online form?

You can make an assisted application by telephone with one of our dedicated team. Further details will be provided on this page as soon as possible. 

I am still waiting for my property to be banded, will I receive the £150 energy bill rebate?

Once your property is banded, you will receive a Council Tax rebate, providing all other criteria is met (including property being banded A to D)

My property is not banded between bands A to D, does this mean I will not receive the rebate?

You are not entitled to the rebate if your property is banded E to H. However you might be entitled to a payment under the discretionary scheme.

What If I receive the payment but vacated the property before 1 April 2022?

If you received a payment that you were not eligible for, then you will need to repay the money. Where someone pays their Council Tax by direct debit, we will have made some assumptions to make payments quicker to households. If you receive a payment that you were not eligible for, then it must be repaid.

I am not moving into my property until shortly after 1 April 2022, will I still receive the rebate?

No, as you must be occupying the property on 1 April 2022. However you may be entitled to the rebate, on your previous address, where you were living (if in bands A to D). If you were not a Council Tax payer and occupying a property on 1 April 2022 then you may be eligible in your new property under our discretionary scheme.

Will my council tax instalments change?

No, the payment is a one-off payment that will be paid to your bank directly. 

Will the £150 show as a credit on my Council Tax bill?

No, this is a one-off payment that will not appear on your Council Tax bill.

My property within the Chichester district is a second home, will I still receive the rebate?

No, the property must be occupied as your main home, to qualify for the rebate. You might be entitled to the rebate at your main home, providing the criteria is met.

I receive full Council Tax reduction, and my bill is zero, does that mean I am not entitled to the £150 energy bill rebate?

Even if you have nothing to pay for your Council Tax providing the criteria is met (occupied as your main home, on 1 April 2022, and banded between A to D) then you will receive the rebate.

My bill is zero, as my property is exempt, does that mean I am not entitled to the rebate?

Properties that are exempt under classes;-

  • N (full time students)
  • S (occupied only by under 18's)
  • U (occupied by residents considered to be severally mentally impaired)
  • W (annexe occupied by a dependent relative)

Are entitled to the rebate, providing the criteria is met.

Is everyone in my household entitled to a rebate of £150?

No, only one payment will be paid per property, even if there is more than one person named on the bill.

I live in a house of multiple occupation, and my landlord pays the bills, am I still entitled to the £150 energy bill rebate?

No; the rebate is payable to the person who is liable for the council tax, which, for a house of multiple occupation, would be the landlord. However you may be entitled to a rebate under our discretionary scheme.

 

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