£150 energy rebate from the council – info on the council website (be aware of scammers)

This is taken from the following website – please visit the site for more information

https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20000/council_tax/862/energy_bills_rebate_2022

Energy bills rebate 2022
The £150 payment to support with rising energy costs
On 3 February 2022, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced two schemes to help with rising energy bills.

A one-off payment of £150 to households in Council Tax bands A to D, who are not exempt from Council Tax.
A Discretionary Rebate Scheme for those who need help with their energy bills but are not eligible.
Only one £150 payment will be made per household, regardless of the number of occupants or liable Council Tax payers.

Reducing your Council Tax bill with the £150 payment is not an option at this time.

Beware of scams relating to this scheme
We are aware of fraudsters making calls in relation to the £150 Council Tax rebate.

The callers claim to be from ‘the Council’ and ask residents for their bank details so that the Council can pay the £150 rebate direct to their account.

Do not provide your bank details to anyone calling you claiming to be from the Council’s Council Tax office and asking for your bank details.

Havering Council will not ask for your bank details over the phone.

The eligibility criteria
The property is valued in Council Tax bands A – D on the 1 April 2022. This includes properties that are valued in band E but have an alternative valuation band of band D, as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme.
The property is someone’s sole or main residence.
The property is a chargeable dwelling, or in exemption classes:
N (occupied solely by full time students)
S (occupied by people under the age of 18)
U (occupied by someone who is severely mentally impaired)
W (annexes occupied by dependant relative)
The person who is liable to pay the Council Tax (or would be were the property not exempt) is not a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the Government or Governmental body.
A property that meets all the criteria but has a nil Council Tax liability as a result of local Council Tax support / reduction, will be eligible.

Second homes and empty properties will not be eligible.

Author: Paul Middleton

Paul is a Ward Councillor for St. Andrews & Hornchurch Resident's Association Executive member.

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