Council Tax £150 energy rebate

Council Tax energy rebate payments for qualifying Direct Debit payer households should be in accounts within 14-21 Days of your first Direct Debit payment.

As part of the government’s initiative to help households with rising energy costs, they have announced a £150 non-repayable Council Tax Rebate for qualifying households in council tax bands A – D.

This will be in the form of a payment of £150 per household and is regardless of the number of occupants or council taxpayers named on the bill.

Where we hold bank details and Direct Debit payments have been taken for your 2022/23 council tax bill, we will pay your energy rebate payment within 14-21 Days of your first Direct Debit payment.

If we don’t hold your bank details arrangements will be made for you to supply these so payment can be made. 

Please do not contact us to chase this payment, we will be in touch with you.

Households that qualify for £150 rebate

The Council Tax Rebate will be paid to the liable council tax payer (or an occupant where the property is exempt) where the property occupied meets the following conditions on 1 April 2022:

  • the property is valued in council tax bands A – D. Your council tax band is shown on your bill or GOV.UK helps you find out which band your home is in. Just put your postcode into their online tool to find the band for your home
  • the property is occupied as someone’s only or main home
  • it is a chargeable dwelling, or in exemption classes:
    • N (occupied only by full-time students), where the students are liable for payment of council tax
    • S (occupied only by persons under the age of 18)
    • U (occupied only by persons with a severe mental impairment) or
    • W (an annex to a property occupied by the dependant relative of the person living in the main property)

When payments are made

Direct Debit Payers

If you already pay your council tax bill by Direct Debit and the name(s) of the bank account held matches the name(s) on the council tax bill, you do not need to contact us.

We are aiming to make the payment to qualifying households within 14-21 Days of your first Direct Debit payment. The Energy Rebate payment will be made directly in to the same bank account your council tax direct debit payment is taken from.

The payment will be clearly marked as an ‘N.SOMERSET REFUND’ on your bank statement.

Non Direct Debit Payers

If you do not pay your council tax by Direct Debit we will be writing to you to invite you to provide your bank details.

Please note, you will need to be registered for MyAccount as this will be done through a secure online application process within the council tax section of MyAccount self-service portal.

If you are not yet registered, don’t worry it’s quick and easy, just follow the steps within the following link

We are aiming to make the payment to qualifying households within 21 days of you providing your bank details. This is a longer process as we are required to verify the bank details you provide for counter fraud purposes.

If for any reason we are unable to verify your details the payment of £150 will be credited to your council tax account.

Energy Rebate Discretionary fund

The government will provide funding for councils to operate a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible for a Council Tax Rebate. This could include, for example, individuals on low incomes who live in properties valued in bands E to H.

Our discretionary policy is being developed and we will publish this alongside details of how to apply once the details have been confirmed.

More information

Further details about the £150 Utility Energy Rebate, as well as other ways the government is helping with rising energy costs, is available on the GOV.UK website.