Rebate for Energy Bills

The Government has introduced a new package of support to help with the cost of living pressures. 20 million homes are to benefit from a £150 payment to help relieve some of these costs. This money is not a loan and you will not be required to pay it back, unless you are not eligible to receive this payment.

Who will benefit from this rebate?

Most households that are in the property bands A-D inclusive will receive the £150 rebate. There is also a Discretionary Fund and the Council are deciding how this will be shared out. Details of how this will be given out will be updated on this page in due course so please keep checking this page for further updates.

You can view the Government support for energy bills factsheet on the GOV.uk website linked below. 

What is my Council Band?

To find what band your Council Tax Band is please check on our dedicated page.

How will I be paid this money?

If you pay your Council Tax by direct debit all of these payments have now been made for those with a direct debit date of 1, 15 or 28 of April 2022.

When you receive this payment it will show in your bank account (that you pay your direct debit from) as £150 automated credit from Blaby District Council with your Council Tax account number as the payment reference.

If you set up your direct debit after 31 March 2022, or our council tax payer records did not match with the banking mandate records, your payment will be treated as though you do not pay by direct debit so please read the section below for how you can expect to hear about your payment.

What if I don't pay my Council Tax by Direct Debit?

We are working with a third party (The Post Office) on a process to pay residents that do not pay their council tax by direct debit (or a direct debit had not been set up in time to meet the April energy payments already being made into bank accounts), or the direct debit was rejected by your bank due to insufficient funds. 

You can expect to receive a letter sent out to you by the Post Office explaining what you need to do to be able to receive your payment.  This letter is important to you so do not destroy or damage the letter as it contains a bar code that you will need.  Letters to this group of residents will most probably be made during later May and June. There is no need to contact us as we have all your current contact details from your Council Tax account.

UPDATE for 14 June 2022: All letters from the Post Office (Limited) have now been sent to those people eligible for the Energy Rebate. If you have not already received your letter it should be with you shortly. 

How is the council distributing its discretionary Council Tax energy rebate fund?

The Government has allocated a sum of money to Local Authorities for the Discretionary Fund. Local Authorities can use this funding to support residents that did not qualify for the core scheme or provide additional support to residents that qualified for the main scheme.

Blaby District Council has decided to distribute the money to the following groups of residents.

Group 1 – the following households will receive £100:

  • Council Tax bands E to G who were entitled to Council Tax Support on 1 April 2022
  • Or Council Tax Bands F to H who were entitled to a Disabled Band Reduction on 1 April 2022

Group 2 – the following households will receive £50:

  • If one of the residents responsible for paying Council Tax is of working age, and was entitled to Council Tax Support on 1 April 2022, and the property is in Council Tax bands A to D

If you qualify for this rebate you can expect to receive a letter sent out to you by the Post Office explaining what you need to do to be able to receive your payment. This letter is important to you so do not destroy or damage the letter as it contains a bar code that you will need. Letters to these residents will be issued during August. There is no need to contact us as we have all your current contact details from your Council Tax account.

Our Discretionary Fund Policy can be downloaded below.

Residents who are unable to attend the post office or do not have Photo ID

In order to help residents that are not able to attend the post office in person, and those that do not have photo ID, we can provide an official letter to allow a Third Party person to collect the Energy Payment on their behalf. To obtain this letter please call 0116 272 7530 where you will be asked some security questions and then the name and address of the third party. Your nominated person will then need to provide their ID and the Post office letter with the bar code and the nomination letter.

This change is effective as of the 16 June 2022 so if you have previously been advised we were unable to do this please contact us where we will gladly send you the new nomination letter.

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