Discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme starts

Discretionary scheme payments are now available to assist households which were not eligible under the national Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme earlier this year.


To receive the Discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme payment, applicants will need to be living in bands E-H, or are not liable for council tax in bands A-D but responsible for energy bills and entitled to some benefits. All rebates are subject to earnings/capital limit.


The scheme went live on 26th July 2022 and closes to applications on 3rd October this year or sooner if funds have been exhausted.


The government has allocated a total scheme payout limited to £327,000 which is equivalent to 2,180 payments.


Applicants will be required to upload proof of benefit entitlement and proof of income before a one-of payment of £150 will be issued.


Councillor Neil Waller, portfolio holder for Finance and Benefits, said, “We are pleased to have already given thousands of residents living in Wealden the £150 payment which was part of the national Council Tax rebate scheme announced by the government.


“Starting this week, households which weren’t entitled to the national scheme due to eligibility will be able to apply for the discretionary one.”


All applications will take 10 working days to be reviewed and applications can only be made online through our portal