Energy bill rebates

Applications for the core scheme has now closed. Everyone eligible should have received their payment.

Residents received a £150 cash payment from the government in response to rising energy bills, if they were in council tax bands A to D. The money was paid to around 49,000 Slough households, which represents 89 per cent of all the borough’s homes.

Who was eligible

If at the end of the day on 1 April 2022, you met the following requirements you were eligible:

  • your home is valued in Council Tax bands A to D. This includes property that is valued in band E but has an alternative valuation band of band D, as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme
  • your home is someone’s sole or main residence
  • your home is either one for which Council Tax is payable (i.e. it is not an exempt dwelling) or it is an exempt dwelling as it is occupied either solely by students, solely by persons aged under 18, solely by persons who are severely mentally impaired or it is an annexe that is occupied by a dependant relative (i.e. Council Tax exemption classes N, S, U OR W)
  • the person who is liable to pay the Council Tax (or who would be liable if the property were not exempt) is not a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or a governmental body.

The above means that:

  • a property where all the criteria are met, but where there is a nil Council Tax liability, as a result of Council Tax Support, was eligible
  • a property that has no permanent resident and is someone’s second home was not eligible
  • an unoccupied property (for Council Tax purposes) was not eligible.

Payment

Everyone eligible should have received payment either by:

  • automatic payment directly to your bank account
  • applying and receiving a payment to your bank account
  • credit added to your council tax account.

If the credit was added to your account, it reduced the next instalment by £150 - this is the payment of the energy rebate. This reduced your Council Tax balance. If your account went into credit you could claim a refund of the credit amount.

Please note: We will not call and ask for bank details in connection with the rebates. If you get a call, you should report this to Action Fraud.