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Council Tax Energy Rebate

Please do not phone or email us asking when you will receive your payment.

We have so far paid rebates to over 20,000 households in Bands A-D who pay by direct debit and who passed the prepayment checks we are required to undertake by Government.

We will shortly be corresponding with those who did not pass the prepayment checks and all of our non-DD payers. Our aim is to make payments from the later half of July. We are updating the information here on a regular basis.

Thank you for your patience. 

On 3 February 2022 the government announced support to help households with rising energy bills including a one-off £150 energy rebate payment to council tax payers in bands A-D.

Eligibility for the scheme

  • the property is valued in Council Tax bands A-D or is charged at property band D as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme on 1 April 2022
  • a new build property that is awaiting an official band from the Valuation Office, will be assessed for eligibility when the band is provided where the effective date of the band is on or before 1 April 2022
  • the property is at least one person's sole or main residence on 1 April 2022
  • the property attracts an occupied charge; or would if it were not for the occupant receiving a 100% reduction due to Council tax Reduction, or by being in the property exemption classes of N (Student), S (persons under 18), U (Severe Mental Impairment) or W (Elderly/dependant relative resident in an Annexe) on 1 April 2022

Where the Council has reason to believe the information held at 1 April is inaccurate, payment will be withheld until such time that reasonable steps to determine the correct information have been taken.

Please note that for those not included within the above criteria, a discretionary scheme will also be in operation to support households.

Those that are not eligible for the scheme

  • a corporate body, local authority, or other body such as a housing association, government or government body (This list is not exhaustive)
  • a property that is deemed to be a second home (a furnished property that is not someone's sole or main residence) on 1 April 2022
  • an unoccupied property (a substantially unfurnished property that is not the sole or main residence of any individual) on 1 April 2022
  • a property that is in a banding of E or greater that subsequently wins an appeal with the Valuation Office to have their property banded to a qualifying band after 1 April 2022 (even if the new banding applies to a period on or before 1 April 2022)
  • those living in armed forces accommodation the Energy Rebate is not available but the MOD will be in touch about a corresponding cost of living support.

Period of scheme

The final date of the main scheme (£150 payments) is 30 September 2022, and all payments must be made by this date, any remaining funding will be returned to the government.

The final date of the discretionary scheme is 30 November 2022, and all payments must be made by this date, any remaining funding will be returned to the government.

Impact of payments

Claiming Benefits: All payments made under this scheme are to be treated local welfare provision and will not be taken into consideration as income when calculating income for those households that are in receipt of income related benefits.

Employed: The payment made under this scheme is non-taxable and do not need to be declared

Self-Employed: The payment made under this scheme is non-taxable and therefore there is no requirement for this to form part of your Self-Assessment tax returns

As part of this scheme payments will be made :

Automatically

If you currently occupy a property that meets the criteria for this scheme and you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, no action is required from you. A payment of £150 will be made direct to the bank account that is held on your Council Tax account (only applicable for those that have an instalment collected in April/May 2022).  We have started making  payments to direct debit payers and expect the majority to be paid by 9th May 2022.   If there is a query i.e. name does not match the council taxpayer, these payments will be delayed as further information will be required.   To protect the funds against fraud, will be verifying details using the governments Spotlight tool as referenced in the guidance notes issued by the government.

  • If you pay by direct debit, but are overdrawn at the bank you can use this sample letter to send to your bank so your bank does not use the £150 payment to pay off any overdraft.  Appropriation sample letter
  • By accepting the payment, you are deemed to have confirmed that you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Payment will show in your account as GBC Energy Rebate,  however some banks display the information as Gosport Borough and to see the full details you may have to open the payment details if using a computer/mobile device.

By Application

If you do not pay your council tax by direct debit, we will write to you to advise how you can apply. We will start writing to council tax payers shortly and further information about this will be published on this web page at that time.

Please note we will never cold-call you to request bank details.

For those who do not pay by direct debit, payments will be made by BACS. We will be contacting non direct debit payers in due course with details of how to claim the rebate and will update this webpage with more details when we start contacting people.  We are not expecting to start making payments until late June, due to the numbers of payments involved and it is expected that this process may take several weeks to complete. 

 If you are not already paying your Council Tax by direct debit you can  Sign up now to pay your council tax by direct debit  

Discretionary Council Tax Rebate Scheme 

For those who are not eligible for the £150 rebate, Gosport has been provided with a discretionary fund of  £142,900   We are still working though how the discretionary fund will be provided, so please bear with us.  We will publish the details here when the council has agreed its policy.

The Government has produced some information about the energy rebates and the Fact sheets can be found on the UK Government website.

Scams

As with any scheme, there are likely to be people that will use this rebate to try and obtain information from you, including your bank details. We will not text/email/phone you asking for your bank details unless you have already contacted us.  If you are unsure, do not provide then with any information and contact us directly.

Repayment of any award

Where records relating to the liable taxpayer(s) or residents' circumstances in respect of 1 April 2022 are retrospectively updated, and such an update renders the payment invalid, a request will be made for the payment to be returned to the Council immediately.

Please note that any payment made in respect of a property that is subject to a retrospective valuation change that results in the property no longer meeting the eligibility criteria will not be reclaimed E.G. a Band D property which has a valuation amendment concluded after 1 April 2022 with a revised assigned property band of E or greater effective from a period on or before 1 April 2022)  

Fraudulent payments

A person that provides false information or makes a false representation in order to benefit from the Council Tax Rebate may be found guilty of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006. Important note: An individual is only entitled to receive this payment on one property (as the award can only be made to their main property) It is important to note that as part of this scheme a reconciliation of all payments made will be provided to the government, as the Council is operating the scheme on their behalf.

***Be scam aware - if you receive a text message, e-mail or phone call asking for your bank details to receive the energy rebate and you have not contacted us first, it may be a scam.  If in doubt, always check with the Council before giving out personal details  ***

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