£150 Council Tax Energy rebate

The Government announced on 3 February measures to help protect millions of households from rising energy costs. This includes a ‘£150 council tax energy rebate’. See details on the GOV.UK website.

We have made over 90,000 payments to Cheshire East residents who pay by direct debit. We anticipate making a further 30,000 payments to qualifying households. This is a payment rather than a reduction in your Council Tax bill, based on Council Tax information we hold. This rebate will not need to be repaid by those who are eligible.

There are two schemes for the rebate:

  • Scheme one, for households in council tax bands A to D (with some exceptions, such as empty properties). This includes properties that are valued in band E that qualify for the disabled band reduction scheme.
  • Scheme two, a discretionary scheme aimed at households in council tax bands E to H where the taxpayer is in receipt of council tax support or income related benefits. We expect this application to be available from mid-June.

Check if you are eligible for a reduction in council tax

Residents who don't pay by direct debit

Residents who are unable to pay by direct debit, or don’t need to as they receive 100 per cent reductions to their bills, will need to provide the council with evidence of their bank account details if they believe they qualify for either scheme.

We are required to check the bank details match the liable taxpayer named on the Council Tax records before issuing the payment. You will be required to give consent for these checks to be made. On successful completion of verification checks we will then make the payment.

Apply for Council Tax Energy Rebate

Before you start the application (on the grant approval website) you will need:

  • Your Council Tax Account Number/Reference which can be found on your Annual Council Tax Bill or by registering on My Account
  • A recent letter or statement (within the last 3 months) from your bank which will need to be uploaded with your application. This must confirm your Bank Account Details; including Bank Account Sort Code, Bank Account Number and your Bank Account Name (This is not the name of your bank). For example: A Smith

Instructions on how to apply for the Council Tax Energy Rebate  (PDF, 1.3KB)

Apply for Council Tax Energy Rebate

If you have difficulties in accessing or completing your council tax energy rebate online for any reason, please contact our Customer Service team on 0300 123 5013 for help completing your application

You must meet the following conditions on 1 April 2022 to qualify for the rebate.

  • The property is valued in Council Tax bands A – D. This includes a property that is valued in band E but has an alternative valuation band of band D, as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme.

You can find your Council Tax band on your bill or by visiting Find your Council Tax band with GOV.UK.

  • The property is occupied as someone’s only or main home It is a chargeable dwelling, or exempt for the following reasons:
    • a) occupied only by full time students,
    • b) occupied only by persons under the age of 18,
    • c) occupied only by persons with a severe mental impairment or
    • d) an annex to a property occupied by the dependant relative of the person living in the main property
  • If you pay less than £150 council tax, do not pay because you receive full council tax support or are in arrears with your council tax, you will still be entitled to the payment.
  • Only one £150 payment will be made per household, regardless of the number of occupants or liable council taxpayers.
  • Properties that have no permanent resident such as unoccupied properties or second homes will not be eligible. In addition, the liable council tax payer cannot be a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or governmental body.

Any successful Council Tax band appeals made to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) submitted after the announcement on 3 February 2022 will not be eligible. You are advised not to contact the VOA to enquire about a band review in order to become eligible.

The government have provided funding to Cheshire East Council of £661,050 to establish a scheme to support bill payers not eligible under the main scheme for properties in bands A to D.

The  Energy Rebate Discretionary Scheme will:

  1. Provide £150 Energy Grant to all those in properties E to H who are also in receipt of Council Tax Support (CTS) during April 2022 if they have not received a grant elsewhere.
  2. Provide £150 to all those in properties E to H on other income related state benefits during April 2022 but are not in receipt of CTS .
  3. Provide an additional grant to those properties in Bands A to D who are in receipt of CTS or other income related state benefits where funding allows. 

Income related state benefits

  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Pension Credit – Guaranteed or Savings elements
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Council Tax Rebate/Support

Payment of the energy rebates

Be aware that scammers are reported to be cold-calling people asking for their bank details to receive the energy grant. We will never ring and ask for your bank details.

Payments of the energy rebates must be made directly to the council tax bill payer of eligible households. When a payment for this is made to your bank account it will state the payee as Cheshire E Council with a description of CtaxEnergy followed by a unique reference number.

We are unable to specify timescales for payments, but we aim to make payments within 28 days of receipt of applications. 

We cannot make automatic payments where:

  • Where the bank account name on our records does not match the person(s) named on the bill,
  •  you have not made a Direct Debit payment within the last 12 months

If you are eligible and have not received your Energy payment you should complete the online application above.

Payments for the non-discretionary rebate close on 30 September 2022 and those for the discretionary close on 30 November 2022.

Do not contact us unless you have received the payment and feel you are not entitled to it. This will allow us to concentrate on issuing these payments to our residents as quickly as possible.

Overdraft information

Where payments are made directly to bank accounts, there is a chance the lenders could offset it against overdrafts or other bills. Check how eligible households can exercise their first right of appropriation on the £150 payment.

Page last reviewed: 23 May 2022