Wealden District Council have said people living in properties in Council Tax Bands A to D will start to receive their £150 Energy Rebates from this week
The Council have said 44,000 households live in Band A-D properties in Wealden, and will get the rebate from the Government. There are around 30,348 households who pay their Council Tax bills by Direct Debit – these will be processed first and will get the money credited to their banks automatically.
The remaining 10,935 households, who pay their Council Tax in other ways, will receive a letter explaining how they can obtain the rebate.
Councillor Neil Waller (Crowborough South West), the new Portfolio Holder for Finance & Benefits, praised Council staff who have been working hard over the last few months to get these payments in place:
The rebate comes at a time when energy prices and the cost of living are rising. With inflation currently at 9% I am hopeful that this rebate will help families and residents within Wealden.
I would like to make residents aware that those who pay by Direct Debit will automatically receive the rebate. Council officers will be sending a letter to non-Direct Debit paying residents confirming how they can obtain the rebate.
I would like to thank Council officers for their efforts in getting these payments in place.Cllr Neil Waller, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Benefits
Wealden District Council are aiming for the discretionary scheme to go live on 1st July 2022.
Wealden District Council have said that they will begin making £150 rebates to households in Council Tax Bands A to D from around mid-May.
This following the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s announcement on 3rd February, that the Government will be making a one-off Energy Bill Rebate to four out of five households in England (or around 20 million properties).
April’s Direct Debit must be collected and cleared before the Council commencing payments to resident’s bank accounts – this is to reduce fraud and error. Those households that don’t use Direct Debit to pay their Council Tax will not automatically be paid a rebate. These households will need to make an application.
In addition, the Chancellor announced that the Government will be making a £200 ‘loan’ which will be taken off energy bill’s from October. Repayments will be spread equally over the next 5 years instead. [Since this was originally published, Rishi Sunak has announced that the energy bills discount is being doubled from £200 to £400, and the requirement to pay it back will be scrapped. More here about the Cost of Living Support.]
There will be a discretionary scheme for some households in higher Bands (E – H). Wealden District Council have been allocated £327,000, equating to 2,180 payments. The Council are working with other authorities across East Sussex on setting-up a countywide discretionary scheme, and they are unable to confirm any eligibility criteria at this stage.
For more information and to see the rules for eligibility, click to see the following two pages about the rebate:
Article first published 6th May, updated on 25th & 27th May..