Energy Rebate Scheme
The Government announced on 3 February 2022 measures to help protect millions of households from rising energy costs in 2022 to 2023.These measures include a one-off £150 non-repayable rebate for households in England in council tax bands A to D. This is a payment of £150 per household and not a reduction off your bill. Funding has also been provided for councils to operate a Discretionary Scheme to support households that do not qualify for the main Energy Rebate Scheme.
More information can be found on the GOV.UK website:
Energy rebate factsheet
How you will be paid?
Payments to eligible households paying their Council Tax by Direct Debit are no now being issued. This will go directly into the bank account used to pay your Council Tax bill, it will appear on your bank statement with the payment reference Cheshire West. Payment will only be made if a successful instalment to pay your Council Tax has already been claimed since April 2022. Some payments to Direct Debit payers need to undergo additional administrative checks so that we can make the payments to the correct person (e.g. where the Direct Debit payee differs to the liable person for council tax). This will involve us writing to you by letter to clarify bank or Council Tax liability details.
If you do not pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, you do not have to do anything. We will be sending letters to those who are eligible, and these letters will contain details on how you can provide the Council with your bank details in order to receive payment. We expect these letters to arrive during May.
Please do not chase us for payments at this stage and continue to check this web page for updates.
I'm not in a band A to D, but I still need help
The Government has provided the council with additional funding to help people living in Band E - H properties who may be facing financial difficulty due to increased energy bills, but who do not qualify for help under the main scheme.
The Council’s discretionary policy is currently being finalised and we will publish this alongside details of how to apply once confirmed. Further updates will appear here as soon as this information is available.