Update - 22 November, 2022

All 20,000 residents automatically due the £150 council tax energy rebate payment in Oadby & Wigston in spring/summer 2022 have received their payment.

In total, 13,500 households received their payments directly to their bank accounts while a further 6,500 were posted a letter that enabled them to collect £150 from the Post Office.

Discretionary scheme

The Government also allocated £72,450 to OWBC for its Discretionary Fund. Local Authorities can use this funding to support residents that do not qualify for the core scheme or to provide additional support to residents that qualified for the main scheme.

The 2,501 eligible customers began receiving this money at the end of November 2022.

How are eligible customers receiving this payment?

The 880 customers we hold bank details for will receive a payment directly into their account before the end of November. The remaining 1,621 recipients will receive the money via a reduction on their next council tax payment in December.

I'm eligible, how much will I receive?

The vast majority of recipients will receive £20, with some residents receiving more depending on their circumstance and how many of the criteria they meet (see below).

Who is eligible for support from the discretionary fund?

OWBC has decided to distribute the money to the following groups of residents likely to be in financial difficulty as identified from Council records.

Group 1

  • Council Tax Support recipients in bands E to H.
  • Severely Mentally Impaired (SMI) residents in bands E to H;
  • Residents in receipt of a disabled band reduction in bands E to H.

Group 2

  • Residents identified as being in financial difficulty by the Financial Inclusion Officer.

Group 3

  • Council Tax Support recipients in bands A to H.

Our Discretionary Fund Policy can be read in full here - OWBC Council Tax Rebate Discretionary Policy (Word Document, 29.63 Kb)

Fraud awareness

We will NEVER call you to ask for bank account or personal details over the phone. If anyone calls asking for them, this is a scam and the person should hang up straight away or report it to Action Fraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk

Payments will only be made by the methods mentioned in the paragraph above.

Will I need to repay the rebate?

No, the rebate will not need to be repaid at any point

Last updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2022 9:21 am