How we’ll pay your Council Tax Energy rebate
The criteria set by Government means that Councils are not simply able to automatically reduce Council Tax bills by £150 but instead must make a separate payment to eligible households. The rebate will not need to be repaid.
The amount each household will receive will depend upon which Council Tax band your home falls within. If you are unsure of your council tax band, you can check it via your printed council tax bill, at www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands or by contacting the council.
Council Tax bands A to D
People without a bank account can contact Rotherham Council and arrange for the Council Tax rebate cheques to be paid in cash. Please call the Council Tax team on 01709 336007, and select option one.
If you are unable to cash the cheque as you are housebound, you can also call the Council to arrange a bank payment by calling the Council Tax team on 01709 336007, and select option one.
People living in property bands A to D for Council Tax are entitled to a £150 payment in response to the rising cost of energy. Almost 112,000 of the near 119,000 properties in Rotherham (94%) qualify for this rebate.
Council Tax Band A-D households entitled to this rebate will receive the full £150.
Separately, we have made additional Council Tax support payments to some households for the current financial year, which will show on Council Tax bills. This is EXTRA local support from the Council, unrelated to the national rebate. We have also issued around 9,000 refunds for overpaid Council Tax bills for varying amounts as a result of EXTRA local support from the Council provided in 2021/22 and again this is unrelated to the national rebate.
If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit
We will deposit the £150 directly into the bank account used to make your payments. This will start at the end of April 2022 and eligible households will receive a letter to confirm when payment is on its way.
If you don't pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit
Around 34,000 households in Rotherham don’t use direct debit to pay their Council Tax. In those cases we will make payment by cheque, sent by post, which recipients can deposit or cash at banks or building societies. In most cases the cheque will be issued to the first named person on your Council Tax bill.
If you do not have a bank account and want to exchange your cheque for cash, you can do so by returning it to the council following the directions on the enclosed form. Please indicate that you need to exchange the cheque for cash and include your telephone number so that we can contact you to make an appointment for you at Riverside House.
If residents choose not to deposit or cash the cheque within three months, the cheque will be cancelled and the relevant Council Tax account credited with the £150, where the Council Tax account is still owed for 2022/23 or previous years. If the account has no outstanding balance, or where the occupiers are exempt from paying Council Tax and the cheque is not cashed within the time period specified, the opportunity for this support is lost as payments must be completed by the end of September 2022.
It is expected that we will start to issue cheques from the end of May 2022, once the Council has carried out the required validation for non-direct debit payers.