We're aware of the announcements made by the Chancellor during his Spring Statement - we are waiting for details of these announcements before we can implement them.
If you live in a property in council tax bands A to D, you are likely to receive a £150 council tax rebate from the Government to help with the cost of living.
As countries around the world come out of Covid-19 lockdowns, surging demand for energy has meant energy prices have increased. Over the past year, the price of gas alone has quadrupled.
Whilst the problem is global, the effect is being felt by millions of households here in the UK. The Government has listened to these concerns and it has acted. Recently, the Government announced that around 20 million households in England in council tax bands A-D will get a £150 rebate, payable from April onwards.
The rebate will not need to be repaid.
Households in council tax bands A-D will receive the £150 council tax rebate from April. This means 4 out of 5 households in England will benefit, including around 95% of rented properties. However, second homes or empty properties will not benefit. If you are unsure of your council tax band, check your council tax band via your printed council tax bill or at: https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands.
What if my household isn’t eligible?
- Councils will receive an extra £144 million to provide support to vulnerable households who may not qualify for the £150 council tax rebate.
- This includes people on low incomes in council tax bands E-H.
- We will provide more detail soon on how this will operate in Tendring.
How will my household get its £150?
- We will update this page when we have finalised the arrangements to pay the rebate.
- For people who pay council tax by direct debit, in most cases, the rebate will go directly into bank accounts - we are working with our providers on the process for this.
- For those who do not pay council tax via direct debit, we will confirm how the rebate will be paid to you. Please make sure that communication is from us before providing payment details. Further information will be published in the coming weeks, it is likely you will need to complete an online form to apply for the rebate.
- The rebate will not need to be repaid.
What else is on offer to support households with their energy bills?
- The Government is helping to spread the cost of the recent jump in energy prices over several years. £200 of this year’s energy bill will be taken off from October and spread equally over the next 5 years instead, easing the burden on family budgets. This is not a debt, no interest is charged and no credit ratings are affected.
- The Warm Home Discount will be expanded, so nearly 3 million low-income households will benefit from a £150 discount.
- The Household Support Fund is administered by Essex County Council.