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£150 Council Tax Rebate

Households in council tax bands A-D are eligible to receive a non-repayable £150 Council Tax Rebate from the Government to help households with rising energy bills. Cotswold District Council will be distributing the payments to everyone eligible within the district.

This rebate will not be taken off your council tax bill, but administered as a separate payment. Therefore you will not see it on your council tax bill for the 2022/23 financial year. A leaflet from the Government explaining more about the rebate was included in your council tax bill: £150 rebate leaflet.

Before contacting us please check you are eligible for the rebate by visiting the Government council tax factsheet website . Please note the rebate is not eligible for second homes, empty properties, houses not in band A-D and those living in homes of multiple occupancy will not individually receive the rebate.

Please be aware we will never call you asking for your bank details. If you receive such a call, do not provide information.

For eligible residents who pay council tax by direct debit

Residents who pay council tax by direct debit will have the payment made directly into their bank accounts. So far we have paid over 18,000 households and more payments are due to go out over the coming weeks.

We will only be able to make the payment to people paying council tax by direct debit once we have received your first direct debit payment for 2022/23. If you have not yet made a payment on your direct debit, you will be paid the £150 within 10 working days of us receiving your first direct debit payment.

If you are eligible, have made your first direct debit council tax payment of the 2022/23 financial year and you have not received the £150 payment by mid-May please contact us.

For residents who do not pay council tax by direct debit

We would encourage all residents to set up an online direct debit payment which helps protect the environment and helps save taxpayer funds. You can find out more here: Manage your account / Set up online direct debit payments 

If you do not pay via direct debit, and are eligible, we will be contacting you via letter from 9 May providing information on how to apply for the payment. Once we have received all the required information we have to carry out a number of checks as set out by Government to prevent fraud. We will be processing applications as fast as possible but these checks may delay payment.

For residents not eligible for the scheme

There will also be a discretionary fund set up to support households who may be in need of support from the Energy Bills Rebate but are not eligible. More details on who will be eligible and how to apply will be shared in the coming weeks on this web page. Please check back for more information.

Other information

To ensure that we continue to prevent fraud and loss to the public purse, we will not be providing details of Council Tax Account Numbers or related property information via the telephone or email. Residents can find their Council Tax Account Number and Property Valuation Band on their annual bill. See also: Find the Council Tax band for a property

Households can exercise their first right of appropriation on the £150 payment which means your bank can not use this payment to pay off any overdraft.  A sample letter that households may wish to use to exercise their right of appropriation is available at https://www.nationaldebtline.org/sample-letters/ask-your-bank-pay-particular-bills/

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