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Energy Bills Rebate

We have sent letters to householders who don’t pay by direct debit to invite them to claim their £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate.

The letters are being sent to householders who do not pay by their Council Tax by direct debit, who live in band A-D properties and who we believe are eligible. 

Remaining householders who have a direct debit set up and have not yet received their Council Tax Energy Rebate will also receive a letter to apply.

We will not be able to make payment by cheque or in cash.

Please ensure you have the following information before beginning your application.

  • Your unique access code given in your letter.
  • Your Council Tax reference number (if you do not know this, please see our frequently asked questions)
  • Your bank details.

About the scheme 

On 3 February 2022, the Government announced a package of support to help households with rising energy bills, worth £9.1 billion in 2022-23.

This includes a £150 non-repayable Council Tax Rebate payment for all households that are liable for Council Tax in Bands A-D in England. Please note that this ‘rebate’ will be in the form of a £150 payment per household, paid directly into bank accounts in order to help with rising energy costs.  It is not a reduction in your Council Tax bill.

It is important to note that government guidance related to this scheme is updated regularly and may change over time. If you are entitled to the rebate we will make contact with you. We are dealing with approximately 60,000 Band A to D properties within South Somerset, so this is a significant challenge. Central Government is proposing that all payments are made by 30 September 2022.

To read our policy in full please click on the link below:

South Somerset Energy Rebate Mandatory Scheme

Update 01 July 2022:

If you have received your application letter and are eligible for the Council Tax Energy Rebate, you can now apply. If you have received your letter and need support to access our online services, you will find how to get this on the reverse of the letter.

  • You will need your unique access code given in your letter.
  • Your Council Tax reference number.
  • Your bank details.

Your unique access code is valid for 28 days from the date of your letter. Please see below to apply.

Our phone lines are incredibly busy so we strongly advise you save time and apply online.

The government will not tolerate any council tax payer falsifying their records or providing false evidence to gain access to the Council Tax Rebate or Discretionary Fund. A ratepayer who provides false information or makes false representation in order to benefit from the Council Tax Rebate or Discretionary Fund may be guilty of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.

If you have received an energy rebate payment and do not meet the above criteria please contact us using the form here 

South Somerset District Council will not charge you for this scheme, so please be vigilant if anybody contacts you asking for bank details or requests a fee to claim this payment on your behalf. The council may ask for your bank details but this will be as part of an official application process, we will not cold call you.

Thank you. You response is appreciated.

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