Up to £150 support towards energy bills
Last week, the government announced measures to protect millions of households from rising energy costs. This includes a one-off payment of up to £150 for eligible households. This will be delivered by local councils – including us.
Am I eligible?
In order to be eligible, you and your household must meet certain criteria.
Only the person liable to pay council tax will receive the rebate, and only on a property which is their sole or main residence. The property must be between council tax bands A to D. The property must also be a chargeable dwelling (some exemption classes apply, and you can check these online).
Wherever possible, we will use people’s council tax billing information to identify households across Kirklees which may be eligible. If you’re one of these identified households, and:
- You pay your council tax by direct debit, you will automatically receive your rebate
- You don’t pay your council tax by direct debit, you will need to make an application
The money will be sent to the same account from which your council tax is paid. It won’t be deducted from an outgoing council tax payment. These payments are not loans, and will never need to be repaid. It’s just extra money to help you with your bills.
Sign up to direct debit to receive your rebate automatically
The simplest way to assure a quick and straightforward payment is to sign up to pay council tax by direct debit. As soon as one payment has been made by direct debit, that account can automatically be credited with the £150 rebate (as long as you and your home are eligible).
Signing up to direct debit will greatly help us to turn around your payment faster, but there are other benefits too. You never need to remember a payment, and we offer different payment plans to work around your finances. You will also receive a full refund if something ever goes wrong. Additionally, you can cancel your direct debit at any time.
Make a separate application
If you don’t want to sign up to direct debit, don’t worry – you will just need to file a separate application. Applications will open in early April 2022.
We’ll still process these as quickly as we possibly can. However, it’s likely there will be delays due to several factors, including the necessary assurance processes, and the volume of applications we expect over the coming months.
Where do I find more information?
You can find all details of the Council Tax Energy Rebate on our website.