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Council Tax Energy Rebate - Information from Central Government

****IMPORTANT NOTICES PLEASE READ****

ENERGY REBATE PAYMENTS

Update 21/09/2022

The application window is now closed and will be brought back up for the discretionary scheme after the 30th September 2022

Stroud District Council have paid over £5,446,350 to 36309 of our residents.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 7 JULY 2022

COUNCIL TAX ENERGY REBATE - DISCRETIONARY SCHEME

We are now administering applications from residents who did not meet the criteria of the core scheme but have individual circumstances meaning they are less able to adapt to increasing energy costs.

The council has been allocated £166,800 in funding to provide support to other energy bill payers who are not eligible under the terms of the core scheme, or to provide carefully targeted ‘top-up’ payments to the most vulnerable households.

For the purpose of this scheme the Council has decided that the following eligibility criteria must be met in order to receive a payment

Phase 1

Properties in bands E-H where:

  • Council Tax Support is being awarded
  • Carer disregard awarded
  • Severely Mentally Impaired disregard awarded

Bands F-H where disabled relief awarded

In all cases to qualify, your household must not have received a payment under the core Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme.

If you are paying council tax by direct debit you will be paid automatically and we will be in contact by email or letter to confirm eligibility and payment. Otherwise, we are contacting all eligible households by email and letter inviting them to submit an application via our on-line Portal.

We only have limited funds for this discretionary scheme so applications will be assessed and ranked on a priority basis. Successful applicants will receive up to £150 per household.

Please click on the Energy Rebate portal link (in green) below:

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 20 JUNE 2022

We are advising householders to be vigilant as we have been made aware that scammers are contacting people by phone and email and requesting bank details in order to access the energy rebate.

Stroud District Council will never call you and request your bank details over the phone.

If you are concerned about any contact you have received regarding the Energy rebate scheme please either email revenue.services@stroud.gov.uk or call us on 01453 766321.

RESIDENTS WHO DO NOT PAY THEIR COUNCIL TAX BY DIRECT DEBIT

Thank you to those residents who have so far submitted an application via our on-line portal. We have so far been able to complete the process for a number of those applications and have paid over £4,292,550 to 28,617 of our residents.

If you have submitted an application but not received payment yet, please be patient and avoid calling us for details of when your payment will be made as this will delay the process. The team are working hard to process payments as fast as possible. We are required by Government to check and verify every application which will mean there will be a delay in payments being received.

If you have not yet applied for your energy rebate please click on the link above (Energy Rebate portal - in green)

Once the form has been submitted the verification process will take up to 2 weeks and we will contact you if we need more information to support your application.

We are working hard to process payments as fast as possible - please avoid calling us for details of when your payment will be made as this will delay the process.  Please check this page for updates.

RESIDENTS WHO PAY THEIR COUNCIL TAX BY DIRECT DEBIT

Payments have now started for eligible residents who pay their council tax by direct debit.

The vast majority of direct debit payers should have now received the £150 energy rebate payment with £4,292,550 having now been paid to 26,817 households.  Further payment runs are scheduled over the coming weeks.

 

 

Central government announced on 3 February 2022 various schemes to assist people with the rising cost of living. This includes 80% of households receiving a £150.00 Council Tax rebate from April.

Please see the link below for the information that we have received regarding the scheme:

 

 

Discretionary funding

The council has been allocated a discretionary fund to provide support to other energy bill payers who are not eligible for the main scheme. This could include households living in property valued in bands E - H that are on income related benefits.

We are currently working on a policy and will publish details on this page when available.

 

Check my council tax banding

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) who set the bands on domestic properties have recently published an article for customers setting out the circumstances in which they will undertake a band review and the evidence customers need to provide.  Please see the links below:

Check your council tax band

Challenging your council tax band

 

 

 

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