The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced a package of support known as the Energy Bills Rebate to help households with rising energy bills. This includes:
Further details can be found on the Government Website .
The Council, as a billing authority, has been tasked with administering the £150 energy rebates and Discretionary Fund.
All grants under the mandatory scheme had to be paid out by 30 September 2022, so this scheme is now closed. We have paid 35,546 households a total sum of £5,331,900.
If your £150 has been credited to your Council Tax Account, and you now want this sum refunded, please ring us and provide your Bank Account Details (see contact details below).
Councils can determine locally how best to make use of the discretionary funding to provide payments to households who are energy bill payers, but not covered by the Mandatory Scheme.
Fareham has been awarded £122,400 from the discretionary fund to support households who are in need, but are not eligible for the Council Tax Rebate in properties banded A - D. You can appreciate that this fund is a relatively small sum, so the scheme we have developed has identified specific groups of residents who could benefit from the fund.
In May 2022 Fareham Borough Council's Executive Committee approved a set of principles for the design of the discretionary scheme which adhere to the general guidance issued by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The overarching principles agreed for the scheme are:
The Council has determined that a rebate of £150 will made first to households meeting the general criteria and also one of the criteria in the table below:
|Council Tax Band of Property at 01 April 2022||Eligibility Criterium - Priority Order - Group 1|
|Band E to H||Liable party for Council Tax was in receipt of Council Tax Support on 01/04/22|
|Band E to H||Liable party for Council Tax was in receipt of Housing Benefit on 01/04/22|
|Band E to H||
Liable party for Council Tax was in receipt of a Class U Council Tax Exemption – Severe Mental Impairment (SMI) on 01/04/22
|Band E to H||Liable party for Council Tax was in receipt of a Council Tax Disregard for Severe Mental Impairment (SMI) on 01/04/22|
|Band E to H||Liable party for Council Tax was in receipt of a Carers Council Tax Disregard on 01/04/22|
|Band E to H||Liable party for Council Tax was in receipt of a Class N Council Tax Exemption – occupied solely by full time students as a single household (excluding halls of residence) on 01/04/22|
|Band E to H||Liable party for Council Tax was in receipt of a Disabled Council Tax Discount on 01/04/22|
|Band E to H and then to A to D||
Valuation Office appeal decision after 01/04/22 received by FBC before 01/11/22 requiring a property originally in band E-H to be rebanded to an A-D property, and that banding is back dated to include 01/04/22.
New properties originally given a temporary band for council tax purposes which have been decided before 30/09/22 are excluded from this scheme as they can be paid under the mandatory scheme.
The Council has determined that a rebate of £150 will be considered, after Priority Group 1, for households meeting the general criteria, who have completed an application form by the end of 6 November 2022, and can demonstrate that they meet one of the criteria in the table below:
|Council Tax Band of Property at 01 April 2022||Eligibility Criterium - Priority Order - Group 2|
Band E to H
|Liable party who are directly responsible for energy bills and used a prepayment meter to pay for their energy on 01/04/22|
Band A to D
Household who resided in a dwelling on 01/04/22, who are not the liable party for Council Tax, but are directly responsible for energy bills.
These will usually be premises where the owner is liable under the Council Tax (Liability for Owners) Regulations 1992 such as Houses in Multiple Occupation. Other types of emergency or supported housing will also be considered. Hostels are excluded.
|Band E to H||
Liable party who was in regular receipt of Universal Credit or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) on 01/04/22
Band E to H
Liable party, who resided in a dwelling on 01/04/22, who is directly responsible for energy bills, and has presented themselves to the Council or Citizens Advice Service before 06/11/22 and are considered to be in financial hardship but not in receipt of Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Housing Benefits or Council Tax reduction.
The Government says that we must complete payment of grants under the discretionary scheme by 30 November 2022.
Households meeting the above criteria will be determined from the records held by the Council, the exceptions are where your application is based on the reason of Use of a Prepayment Meter or in the case of Financial Hardship (see above), in those cases you will need to complete this application form .
Where we are able to make payment direct to your Bank Account, we will send you a remittance by e-mail or post to confirm payment.
Where we don't have Bank Account details, we will contact eligible residents and send an application form for completion, either by post or by e-mail.
If we believe that the occupancy information regarding a property as at 1 April 2022, is inaccurate, we will withhold the payment and take reasonable steps to determine the correct information.
If there is a retrospective change to the Council Tax payer, we will take reasonable steps to pay or claw back any payment made.
If you haven't heard from us by 31/07/2022, please contact email@example.com