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£150 government council tax rebate

As part of the government’s support to help with rising energy costs, most households in council tax bands A to D will receive a £150 rebate in Spring 2022. 

Eligibility

Most households in bands A to D will be eligible. Visit GOV.UK to check your council tax band.

Second homes or empty properties are not eligible for the rebate.

Others who may qualify for a rebate

There is an additional discretionary scheme which will provide the £150 rebate to:

  • people who get council tax reduction in bands E to H
  • people who get Disabled Band Reduction (DBR) in bands E to G
  • foster carers in bands E to H
  • care homes in bands E to H
  • carers in bands E to H
  • people who have severe mental impairment in bands E to H
  • households in bands E to H where there is an existing disregard as a member of the household is receiving long term care in hospital or care home
  • students in bands E to H
  • households in bands E to H where everyone living there is under 18 years of age
  • night shelters or hostels in bands E to H
  • households where everyone living there over 18 years old is on a government recognised apprenticeship scheme

If you are in one of the categories above we will contact you in due course.

Other financial support we offer

Any residents who need financial support can apply to the community resilience fund for help.

How and when you will get the £150 rebate

If you pay your council tax by direct debit

Payments have started being made into bank accounts if you pay your instalments on day 4 of each month. These are being sent alphabetically by surname and will appear on your bank statement as ‘Southglos-general’. If you pay your instalments on day 12, 20 or 25, your will receive your payment soon.

This process will take several weeks but most households that pay by direct debit will receive payments by 6 June. Please do not phone or email to chase your payment.

If you do not already pay by direct debit

We are starting to send out letters with details of how you will get your rebate. These will start arriving the week starting 23 May and will be sent over a number of weeks so please do not contact us until the beginning of July if you have not received a letter or email.

We will update this page if the payment timescales change.

You must continue to pay your council tax, for the amount (and by the dates) shown on your bill.

If you are having problems paying your council tax contact us as soon as possible to discuss the help and support currently available.  

Beware of scams

There have been reports of scams relating to the £150 council tax rebate. Do not share your bank details if you get a phone call or email asking for them.

Donating your rebate

If you would like to donate your rebate, you could choose to donate it to Severn Wye Energy. They are a charity focused on relieving fuel poverty and promoting renewable energy.

With our support, they provide free independent energy advice and grants to make changes which help reduce energy consumption.

You can donate on the Severn Wye website. Please make sure you include a message when you donate to say this is for South Gloucestershire, so your donation can be reinvested into our area.

More information

Visit GOV.UK to read more about the £150 government council tax rebate, as well as other ways the government is helping with rising energy costs.

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