Energy bills rebate frequently asked questions

If you live in a property in Council Tax bands A to D, you are likely to receive a £150 Council Tax rebate from the government to help with the cost of living.

As countries around the world come out of Covid-19 lockdowns, surging demand for energy has meant energy prices have increased. Over the past year, the price of gas alone has quadrupled.

Whilst the problem is global, the effect is being felt by millions of households here in the UK.

Recently, the government announced that around 20 million households in England in council tax bands A-D will get a £150 rebate from April.

The rebate will not need to be repaid.

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Who's eligible?

Households in council tax bands A-D will receive the £150 council tax rebate.

This means 4 out of 5 households in England will benefit, including around 95% of rented properties. However, second homes or empty properties will not benefit.

If you are unsure of your Council Tax band you can check it on your printed Council Tax bill.

You can also check your Council Tax band on GOV.UK.

What if my household isn't eligible?

Councils will receive an extra £144 million to provide support to vulnerable households who may not qualify for the £150 council tax rebate.

This includes people on low incomes in council tax bands E-H.

We will be providing more information on how this will operate in Uttlesford.

How will my household get its £150?

If you qualify for the rebate and currently pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit we'll make the payment directly into your bank account.

You can register to pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit on our Revenues online system. It's quick and easy.

If you do not pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit we'll write to you to ask for your bank details. This will delay us making any payments.

We expect to make these payments from May 2022.

What else is on offer to support households with their energy bills?

The government is helping to spread the cost of the recent jump in energy prices over several years.

£200 of this year's energy bill will be taken off from October and spread equally over the next 5 years instead, easing the burden on family budgets. This is not a debt, no interest is charged and no credit ratings are affected.

The Warm Home Discount will be expanded, so nearly 3 million low-income households will benefit from a £150 discount. You can find out more about the Warm Home Discount Scheme on GOV.UK.

What other help is there?

You can apply for a number of local and national grants to make your home more energy efficient. There are also winter fuel and cold weather payments available from the government to help you pay your bills.

Green Homes grant

If you have a household income below £30,000, you may be may be able to apply for a Green Homes Grant of up to £10,000. You can use this to fit loft insulation, cavity or solid wall insulation or energy efficient heating to make your home warmer.

Warm Homes Essex

You might qualify for the Warm Homes Discount if you're on a low income. Call the Warm Homes Essex helpline on 0300 3033 789 or visit the Warm Homes Essex website for more information.

Winter fuel and cold weather payments

The government also offer a Winter Fuel Payment. If you were born before 6 January 1952 you could get a tax-free sum to help pay your heating bills.

You can also apply for the government's Cold Weather Payments if you're getting certain benefits, and the local temperature is, or is forecast to be, at, or below, freezing for seven consecutive days.

Advice from National Energy Action

For free advice and support on household energy bills helping you keep warm and safe in your home you can contact the National Energy Action (NEA) team.