£150 Energy support payment

£150 Energy support payment

The Government is providing £150 for most households living in properties in council tax bands A to D.

To find out which band your home is in:

You will not need to repay this support payment.

 

If you are eligible for this support

If you pay by Direct Debit

Your payment will have been issued after your April payment of council tax was received and cleared.

We will write to you in May if you have not received a payment inviting you to make an application. 

 

If you don't pay by Direct Debit

Throughout May we will be writing to every household that is eligible and does not pay by Direct Debit inviting them to make an application. 

You do not need to wait for your letter to make an application if you know your council tax reference number which can be found on your bill and your property reference number which can be found on the gov.uk website  To make an application visit Energy Support claim page.  If you do not know this information please wait for your letter.

If you do not have a bank account, you will be able to ask us to make the payment to your council tax account to reduce your balance.

Our discretionary scheme

We have also received some funding for vulnerable households and low-income households living in properties in council tax bands E to H. We have decided to distribute this funding in the following way.

For those households in receipt of Council Tax Support (on 1 April 2022) and living in properties in council tax bands A to D, we will automatically award an additional  £18, from the discretionary fund which will increase the total payments received to £168. 

For households in receipt of Council Tax Support (on 1 April 2022) living in council tax bands E to H, we will make an award of £168.

This payment will be received in the same way as the main scheme, either direct into your bank account if you pay council tax by Direct Debit or through an application process if you do not. The discretionary payments will not be paid at the same time as the £150. 

 

Frequently asked questions 

When will I receive my payment?

If you pay by Direct Debit your payment will have been issued after your April payment of council tax was received and cleared.

We will write to you in May if you have not received a payment inviting you to make an application. 

 

What if I don’t pay my Council Tax by Direct Debit?

We will be writing to every household that is eligible and does not pay by Direct Debit inviting them to make an application. 

These letters will be sent out over a period of weeks throughout May.

 

Will the payment affect any benefits I receive?

No - this payment is intended to be towards your energy bill so should not be classed as income.

 

Are businesses eligible for the payment if they have a council tax liability?

No -  corporate bodies, local authorities, housing authorities or any government body are not eligible. 

 

I live in an House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO), who gets the payment?

We consider a House of Multiple Occupancy as a property where occupants have an individual tenancy agreement for their room.

In most cases payments will be made to the liable person if the bank details match that of the liable party. It will be up to the household to discuss this with their landlord, the council is unable to get involved.

 

I moved into the property on 2 April 2022 am I eligible for the payment?

No - You must be liable for council tax at the property at the end of 1 April 2022 to be eligible.

 

There is more than one person liable for council tax at the address (in different households for example joint tenants) will we all receive a payment?

No - the person whose name is on the Direct Debit will receive the payment, alternatively it will be whoever claims the payment on behalf of the household – the council will not be able to get involved in disputes over who should receive the payment.

 

I am a student / international student will I qualify for a payment?

Yes - if  you meet the above criteria then you will be eligible for a payment, please note that only one payment can be made per household. It will be up to the household to discuss who makes the application, the council is unable to get involved.

 

I am a student and my tenancy is due to end in July am I still entitled to the payment?

Yes - if you were in the property on 1 April 2022 and meet the above criteria then you are entitled to apply for the payment.

 

I am about to leave my property and have not yet received my invite letter, what can I do?

Letters will be issued throughout May 2022, if you do not receive your letter by the end of your tenancy agreement, please phone 0191 278 7878 and ask for energy support payment for further advice (Monday to Friday 9:30am to 3:30pm).

 

What else is on offer to support households with energy bills?

Please note the following will not be administered by Newcastle City Council 

Domestic energy customers in Great Britain will receive a £200 cash discount on their electricity bills this Autumn. The government will provide funding to all suppliers for them to pass on to their domestic energy customers from October. This has to be paid back over 5 years from April 2023.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will set out more detail on this policy in a consultation in the spring for more information please go to gov.uk

 

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