Council tax energy rebate 2022

Update 25 April 2022

We are now issuing £150 payments to those people in Council Tax bands A to D who pay by Direct Debit.

For those of you that don’t pay by Direct Debit, we are working hard on this and hope to be able to accept online applications here in May 2022

The government has announced a package of support known as the Energy Bills Rebate to help households with rising energy bills in 2022-23.

This includes:

  • A £150 non-repayable council tax energy rebate for households in England in council tax bands A – D
  • A discretionary fund to help those households who are not in bands A – D, and who may be in need

Who will get a payment?

Households in council tax bands A – D

You can find you council tax band on your council tax bill, alternately visit the gov.uk council tax bands page [external link]

A one-off payment of £150 will be paid to the liable council tax payer for every household that occupies a property which meets all of the following criteria on 1 April 2022:

  • It is valued in council tax bands A – 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;
  • It is a chargeable dwelling, or in one of the following exemption classes:
    • Class N – a dwelling occupied entirely by students
    • Class S – a dwelling occupied wholly by persons under the age of 18
    • Class U – a dwelling occupied wholly by persons who are severely mentally impaired
    • Class W – an annex flat or similar self-contained property occupied by a dependent relative of a person living in the main part of the building; and
  • The person who is liable to pay council tax (or would be were the property not exempt) is not a local authority, corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or government body.

Discretionary fund

Households in council tax bands E – H

Under Darlington Borough Council’s Discretionary Scheme, payments will be made to the following households (who meet the eligibility criteria set out above):

  • All eligible households in Council Tax bands E to H that qualify for Council Tax Support to receive a £150 payment. 
  • All eligible households in Council Tax bands E to H that qualify for a disabled band reduction, a disability discount or a class U exemption, to receive a £150 payment.
  • All other eligible households in Council Tax bands E to H to receive a £42 payment.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to pay the money back?

No, the payments of either £150 or £42 do not need to be repaid.

What is the easiest and quickest way to get my payment?

If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, in most cases the payment will be paid into your bank account automatically, because we already have your bank details.

We expect that most people will start to receive their payment from April, as long as there is a history of direct debit payments and the bank account name matches the name of the Council Tax payer.

You will not need to contact us or make a claim.

What will happen if I have recently set up a new direct debit and there is no history of payments by this method?

If you have recently set up a direct debit, and the bank account name matches the name of the Council Tax payer, we expect people to start to receive their payment soon after the first Council Tax instalment (payment) has been collected.

What will happen if the bank account name does not match the name of the Council Tax payer?

In these cases we will write to the person who is liable to pay the Council Tax for the property and ask them to confirm their bank details.

How do I set up a Direct Debit to make it easier to pay my Council Tax and to receive this payment?

It is easy to set up a Direct Debit to pay your Council Tax.

You can do this by completing this online form.

If I don’t pay by Direct Debit and don’t want to set one up, how will I get my payment?

Don’t worry, you will still be able to receive a payment.

We will write to you and ask you to fill in an online application form.

Once the online application form is set up, the link will be available on this page.

We will contact you to let you know about this, you do not need to contact us.

If I don’t have any Council Tax to pay because I receive one of the listed exemptions, how will I get my payment?

Don’t worry, you will still be able to receive a payment.

We will write to you and ask you to fill in an online application form.

Once the online application form is set up, the link will be available on this page.

We will contact you to let you know about this, you do not need to contact us.

What will happen if I don’t pay Council Tax by Direct Debit, and I do not respond to your request to fill in an online application?

The payment process has a built in ‘backstop’, but it will mean there is a delay in you receiving your payment.

If you do not make an application for the payment by the end of June 2022, we will pay the relevant amount, either £150 or £42, directly to your Council Tax account.

We will write to you to tell you that we are going to do this.

Will receipt of the Council Tax Energy Rebate affect any of my other benefits?

No, it will not affect any other benefits you are getting.

Will I need to pay tax on the Council Tax Energy Rebate?

No, all payments made under this scheme are non-taxable. Recipients do not need to tell Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) of the amounts received and those who are self-employed do not need to report the amounts on their self-assessment tax returns. They do not impact tax credits and again do not need to be reported.

How can I access the payment made into my bank account if I am overdrawn?

You can exercise your first right of appropriation on the £150 or £42 payment, so that your bank doesn’t use it to pay off any overdraft. More details and a sample letter that households may wish to use to exercise their right is available at on the National debtline website [external link].

How do I find out more about the scheme?

Please keep checking this webpage, all the latest information will appear here when we get it.

There may also be announcements on the council's social media accounts.

Making payments

The council tax energy rebate is being paid on the assumption that the person receiving the payment is liable for the council tax bill for the property (or would be if the property were not exempt) and that the property meets the criteria above. 

If this is not the case, the energy rebate may be subject to recovery.

The council tax energy rebate is being provided to support all residents of the household.

All payments will be subject to pre-payment checks.

The Government will not tolerate any council tax payer falsifying their records or providing false evidence to gain access to the council tax energy rebate or the discretionary fund.

A council tax payer who provides false information or make false representation in order to benefit may be guilty of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.

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