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Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme

Council Tax Energy Rebate to help with increased home energy costs.

On 3 February 2022, the Government announced measures to help protect households from rising energy costs in 2022-2023. This is known as the Council Tax Energy Rebate scheme. The support for households will be made in one of three ways.

  • A one-off payment of £150 for households in Bands A – D who pay their council tax by direct debit
  • A one-off payment of £150 for households in bands A – D properties who do NOT pay their council tax by direct debit
  • A discretionary scheme 

A one-off payment for households in Bands A – D who pay their council tax by direct debit;

If you live in a property banded A – D and pay by direct debit, you do not need to contact us.

These payments have been made directly to the bank account used to make payments of council tax by direct debit. We were required to carry out pre-payment checks to confirm that the bank details held match the liable taxpayer’s name on the council tax records before issuing the payment. These checks have now been completed and payments should be in the taxpayer’s bank account on Tuesday 10 May 2022. The payment is for £150.00 and will show in your account as ‘LB LEWISHAM’.  After 9th May it is too late to set up a new direct debit instruction for this payment.  Residents who have not received the payment by direct credit will be written to in May to confirm how they can receive the payment. 

A one-off payment for households in bands A – D properties who do NOT pay their council tax by direct debit

If you live in a property banded A – D but do NOT pay by direct debit, we will write to you to confirm the arrangements for you to claim your payment. We are planning to send the letters out to you in May so that you can receive payment in June.

If you do not pay by direct debit, you still have an opportunity to do so, which will mean you should get the energy rebate more quickly. If you wish to set up a direct debit, please complete the form in the link below;  

Lewisham Council - Pay council tax by direct debit

Discretionary scheme

The Government will be providing additional funding to councils to operate a discretionary fund for those households in need but who would not otherwise be eligible for a Council Tax Energy Rebate. This is called the Energy Rebate Discretionary Fund.

We will set out a criteria to decide who is eligible for support and will publish full details of this on this website shortly. For example, this payment could be made to individuals on low incomes who live in properties valued in bands E to H. We expect to be able to receive applications for discretionary support from early July.

 More information is contained in the Government’s information leaflet that was circulated with council tax bills and is available through the link below:

Council tax energy rebate: information leaflet for households in council tax bands A-D - GOV.UK

Our priority is to make these payments as quickly as possible. Unfortunately we are unable to respond to email or telephone enquiries about when the payments will be made and request that you do not contact us or call us to enquire about the status of your payment as we will be unable to provide you with a date of when the payment will be made. We will update our website regularly with further details and dates as soon as they are available.

Bogus callers – Fraud Alert

We have been advised that there are some people calling our residents and advising them that they should give the caller their bank details to receive the council tax energy grant.  At this stage, we will not be calling you to ask for these details so if you do receive a call, it will not be from the Council.

Please do not provide your bank details to anyone calling you claiming to be from  our Council Tax office and asking for your bank details.