Council tax energy rebate 2022

Important information about your energy rebate award letter

15 August 2022

We sent out the final batch of rebate award letters.

Unfortunately there is some unclear wording around people who qualify for the discretionary £42 payment.

To be clear, in order to qualify for the discretionary £42 payment the following conditions must be met as of 1 April 2022. 

  • it applies to council tax bands E - H,
  • the property must be someone's sole or main residence,
  • the property must be a chargeable dwelling or the household qualifies for one of the following exemptions classes;
    • class N, a dwelling occupied entirely by students,
    • class S, a dwelling occupied wholly by persons under the age of 18,
    • 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.

Important information about your rebate

5 August 2022

All payments have now been processed for both the main Government scheme, and the Council’s Discretionary Scheme.

Where possible payments have been made directly to bank accounts, and in other circumstances the payments have been posted directly to Council Tax accounts.

Over the next week we will be sending out the final letters to confirm these awards.

If the Energy Rebate has been paid to your Council Tax Account, it will reduce the overall balance outstanding on your account.

However, if you would like the amount of £150 or £42, or any resulting credit refunded you can do this by completing our online Refund Request form

Refund request

What is the payment?

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

This included:

  • 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 received 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 was 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 have been 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.

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].

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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