On 3 February 2022, the chancellor announced that Council Tax payers who live in band A to D properties will receive a one-off payment of £150 per household The payment is to support households with rising energy costs.
The payment will not appear on the annual Council Tax bill.
How do I receive payment?
If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, the payment will go directly into your bank account.
If you do not pay Council Tax by Direct Debit, we will contact you by post with information on how to provide your bank details with a link to the website and a code to access the form on our online portal. This will not be until the end of May 2022.
Please do not contact us to chase this payment, we will be in touch with you.
When will payment be made?
The Government have advised payments are to be made to eligible households between April 2022 and September 2022. We will try to get the payments to you as soon as possible and have now begun to pay those who pay by Direct debit.
If you paid by Direct Debit on one of the following dates and the bank account details held against your account matched against the name on the Council Tax bill, then the £150 payment will be processed on the 12th/13th of May 2022. Please be aware clearance into your bank account can take 2-3 working days.
- 1 April 2022
- 8 April 2022
- 15 April 2022
- 22 April 2022
- 1 May 2022
Further payments will be made between May 2022 and September 2022 so please refer to this webpage for updates.
For customers where the bank account details did not match against the name on the Council Tax bill, we are required to carry out further checks before making payment. This is to ensure we are making payment to the correct bank details and may involve contacting you with any queries we have.
All payments must be made by the end of September. For households we know are eligible but do not provide us with bank details to process the payment we will be making a payment of £150 to their Council Tax account. However, this will not be done until September at the end of this process.
What will the payment look like in my bank account?
Payments will show on your bank statement with a reference similar to the following:
RUNNYMEDE BOROUGH COUNCIL
Who is eligible?
The person who is liable to pay the Council Tax on 1 April 2022 for a property which is in Council Tax bands A to D.
- The property is someone’s sole or main residence
- The property is not a second home
What if I do not pay Council Tax because I receive full Council Tax Support?
You will receive the £150 energy bill rebate if you meet the criteria mentioned above.
Does this amount of £150 have to be repaid?
What if I receive a payment for which I am not eligible?
If you have been paid a £150 payment for which you are not eligible, please contact us immediately.
The government and Runnymede Borough Council will not tolerate any Council Tax payer falsifying their records or providing false evidence to gain access to the Energy Rebate or Discretionary Fund.
A Council Tax payer who provides false information or makes false representation in order to benefit from the Energy Rebate or Discretionary Fund may be guilty of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.
What if I live in a house which is in a band E to H?
The government have provided us with limited funds to make some discretionary payments for those struggling with energy bills who live in bands E to H. We are currently developing our policy on who will qualify for a discretionary payment and will update our website with the details as soon as we know more.
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