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Energy Bills Rebate

The Council has made energy bills rebate payments to the majority of households that pay their council tax by direct debit.

If you do not pay your council tax by direct debit, you will be able to collect your energy bills rebate payment, in cash, at the post office. To do this you will need to await your letter from the Post Office and take that, along with some identification to your nearest post office branch.

The letter will tell you everything you need to know about how to claim your payment and letters will be sent to around 10,000 households over a three week period starting from 21st June. Please bear with us while these letters are being issued. The staggered delivery is so that we can help to manage demand and cash flow in the Borough’s Post Office branches.

You can find your nearest Post Office branch on the Post Office website.

I pay my Council Tax by Direct Debit but still haven't received payment

We have now paid the majority of households who pay by Direct Debit, however, some accounts are still awaiting payment as there are some issues with bank details not matching our database that need fixing before a payment can be made. This could be as simple as a surname not matching on the bank details or a misspelling. We are working to get these accounts fixed as quickly as possible. We must then wait for a council tax payment to be made into the council to verify the account before we can issue the rebate. Please bear with us as we work through this list as quickly as possible. 

What is the Energy Bills Rebate?

On 3 February 2022, the Government announced an Energy Bills Rebate as part of a package of support for households to manage rising energy costs.

The Energy Bill Rebate is a mandatory £150 payment for households in council tax bands A to D.

As well as the £150 payment for all residents in bands A-D, we have a discretionary funding allocation of £172,800. This will be used to award an extra £23 to those households in bands A-D who are receiving Council Tax Support as well as paying £173 to all those households receiving Council Tax Support in properties with a band higher than band D.

This means Gedling Borough Council is offering a £173 payment to all households in receipt of council tax support, regardless of their council tax band, showing our commitment to helping those in our community who are the most in need.

For more information about the rebate including more detail on eligibility criteria please see our frequently asked questions below.

 

Who will qualify for the mandatory £150 rebate?

You will qualify for the mandatory Energy Bill Rebate scheme if on 1st April 2022:

  • You occupy a dwelling in the borough as your main home. Second homes and unoccupied dwellings are excluded.
  • Your property falls in council tax bands A-D or a band E with a disabled relief applied.
  • You occupy a chargeable dwelling. Properties that are exempt from Council Tax but will still qualify for the rebate include:
    • Students
    • Severally Mentally Impaired
    • Occupied Annexe
    • Occupied by persons under the age of 18

  • The dwelling you occupy has a council tax band on 1st April 2022

 

Who will qualify for the discretionary rebate?

You will qualify for the discretionary Energy Bill Rebate scheme if on 1st April 2022:

  • Your property falls in council tax bands E - H.

  • You occupy a dwelling in the borough as your main home. Second homes and unoccupied dwellings are excluded.

  • You occupy a chargeable dwelling. Properties that are exempt from Council Tax but will still qualify for the rebate include:

    • Students
    • Severally Mentally Impaired
    • Occupied Annexe
    • Occupied by persons under the age of 18

  • The dwelling you occupy has a council tax band on 1st April 2022
  • You are liable to pay council tax and you are in receipt of any amount of reduction to your council tax, under the Council’s council tax reduction scheme (CTRS).

In addition to the £150 payment described above, the Council will pay a top-up payment of £23 to you if you meet all of the following criteria on 1st April 2022:

  • Your property falls in council tax bands A - H.

  • You occupy a dwelling in the borough as your main home. Second homes and unoccupied dwellings are excluded.

  • You occupy a chargeable dwelling. Properties that are exempt from Council Tax but will still qualify for the rebate include: 
    • Students
    • Severally Mentally Impaired
    • Occupied Annexe
    • Occupied by persons under the age of 18
  • The dwelling you occupy has a council tax band on 1st April 2022
  • You are liable to pay council tax and you are in receipt of any amount of reduction to your council tax, under the Council’s council tax reduction scheme (CTRS).

 

Is this a reduction to my Council Tax?

No, the Energy Bill Rebate will not be a reduction in the amount of Council Tax you are required to pay and therefore will not show as an amendment to any calculation on your 2022/23 annual bill.

The Energy Bill Rebate is simply a £150 one-off payment aimed to assist with rising energy cost.

How will I receive the rebate?

If you pay your Council Tax by direct debit the payment in most cases will be hassle free. It will be paid directly into your bank account.

Residents are advised to sign up to pay their council tax by direct debit to help them receive their payment promptly.

When we come to make payment, if you still opt to pay your Council Tax outside of the direct debit scheme, we will be contacting you to advise how you can apply for this rebate.

When will I receive the rebate?

We are currently testing the software needed to implement paying the rebate. As soon as the system is ready, we will begin making payments.

No payments will be made under the mandatory scheme after 30th September 2022 and the discretionary scheme after 30th November 2022.

The discretionary fund allocation Gedling Borough Council is £172,800. No further discretionary funding will be available once this allocation has been spent.

Do I have to pay this back?

No, the Energy Bill Rebate does not have to be repaid.

Still have a query?

For further information, please see the government’s factsheet which provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about this rebate.