Discretionary Fund Council Tax Rebate

Discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate for eligible households in Council Tax Bands E to H

About the Discretionary Fund Council Tax Rebate

The Discretionary Council Tax Rebate is a one-off payment to eligible households to help with rising energy costs. It's part of the government's Energy Bills Rebate scheme announced earlier this year. There is a different rebate for people in council tax bands A to D

The scheme will close when there is no funding available or on the 31 October 2022, whichever comes first.

  Discretionary Fund Council Tax Rebate Policy (PDF) [147KB]
 

Eligibility Criteria

In all cases you must be The Council Taxpayer in an eligible property which falls into Council Tax valuation bands E-H, and the property must be your sole or main residence on the qualifying date 1st April 2022.

In addition, you will need to fall into one of the following groups.

  • The property is a chargeable dwelling or in one of the specified Council Tax exemption classes as listed below.
            N - Occupied solely by full time students
            S - Occupied solely by a person(s) under the age of 18
            U - Occupied solely by a person(s) who is severely mentally impaired
            (£150 one off payment per property)
  • Qualifying Council Taxpayers in receipt of Local Council Tax Support (£175 one off payment per property).
  • Qualifying Council Taxpayers living in chargeable dwellings who qualify for the Council Tax Carer's or Severely Mentally Impaired Disregard discount (£150 one off payment per property).
  • Qualifying Council Taxpayers living in chargeable dwellings who qualify for the Council Tax Disabled Band Reduction Scheme (£150 one off payment per property).
  • A top up award of £25 will be made to all LCTS recipients who are occupying a property in the Tax bands A - D who received the main scheme payment.

If you do not qualify under any of the above criteria but are facing financial difficulties, you can make an application under a special provision detailed under the council's main exceptional hardship fund.
 

Who will not get the discretionary payment 

You will not get the discretionary payment if: 

  • your property is a second home  
  • your property is empty  
  • you are registered for Council Tax as the landlord of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) 

The property must be valued in the correct Council Tax band. Any retrospective changes will not qualify for eligibility.
 

Discretionary Fund Council Tax Rebate payments

This payment will be made to the liable council taxpayer.

Only one payment will be made per household, regardless of the number of occupants or liable council taxpayers.
 

How to apply for the Discretionary Fund Council Tax Rebate

If you currently pay for your Council Tax through direct debit (and you are the liable council taxpayer of an eligible household) you do not need to apply for the rebate.

An automatic payment will be made to you as early as possible after July 2022.

If you are a liable Council Taxpayer and you meet the above criteria and do not pay by direct debit, you will received a letter and should apply online.

Apply for the Discretionary Fund Council Tax Rebate
 

Privacy Notice

All applications will be subject to a prepayment check, to confirm the identity of the applicant and their bank account details. The only exceptions to this will be customers who have been paying their Council Tax by direct debit over several months and those in receipt of LCTS where identity checks have already taken place. Data will be provided to DLUCH on request, as part of the reconciliation and verification process.

Find out how we handle your data www.uttlesford.gov.uk/privacy.

Fraud

The council and Government will not accept deliberate manipulation or fraud. If any person(s) is found to have falsified their records, given false or misleading information, or omitted information to gain the Council Tax rebate they may face prosecution under the Fraud Act 2006, and any monies paid will be recovered. Any grants paid in error will also be subject to recovery.