Council Tax Energy Rebate
Support with energy costs: £150 Council Tax rebate
The Government has announced a one-off payment of £150 for certain households to support with rising energy bills, known as the Council Tax rebate.
The rebate does not need to be repaid.
Eligible households must live in a property in a Council Tax band A - D. Empty properties and second homes are not eligible for the payment. Further information about the eligibility criteria for this scheme can be found at Support for energy bills - the council tax rebate 2022-23: billing authority guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
You can check which band your property is in on the GOV.UK website.
Households in bands A - D who pay by Direct Debit do not need to apply for the rebate as £150 will be paid directly into your bank account.
If you are not already paying your Council Tax by Direct Debit, you can set up a direct debit.
Households in bands A - D not currently paying by Direct Debit will be contacted directly with instructions on how to apply for the rebate.
We have now paid the majority of payments to Council Taxpayers, in Council Tax bands A to D, who have already paid a Council Tax Direct Debit payment to us. The Government have required us to carry out numerous checks before making payment and as a result it has only been possible to include those where the name on the bank details that we hold match the name of the Council Taxpayer. Unfortunately due to the checks required by Government it may not be possible to pay some Council Taxpayers who pay by Direct Debit, and in those circumstances, they will be required to make a claim for the payment via the online portal that we will launch as soon as we are able to do so.
The administration of these payments is much more complex than may first appear and as a result we are not yet ready to launch the portal that will enable those that we cannot pay automatically to make a claim. Once the portal is ready to launch we will write to the taxpayers affected with full details of how to make a claim. We apologise for the delay in getting these payments to taxpayers but unfortunately the complexity of the process and the checks required by Government has made this unavoidable.
The Government has provided Ribble Valley Borough Council with a limited amount of discretionary funding (£88,500) to provide support to some households in bands E to H and to provide additional support to the most vulnerable households. Due to the limited amount of this funding, we have determined that the best use of these funds will be to make a payment of £150 to Council Tax Support recipients in bands E to H and to pay a £30 top up to all recipients of Local Council Tax support irrespective of what band they are in. Further information about how these payments will be made will be posted as soon as we are able to do so.