Update - Tuesday 31 May

All 20,000 residents automatically due the £150 council tax energy rebate payment in Oadby & Wigston have now either received their payment or a letter advising them on how to claim it.

Councils across the country have been tasked with administering payments to households whose property falls into council tax bands A-D, to support with rising energy bills.

The deadline set by Government for making payments is September, but Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC) has been able to roll out the core scheme before the end of May.

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

Can I collect the £150 on behalf of someone else?

Yes - the Post Office will be able to do this if you can provide ID for both yourself and the person you are collecting for.

What Council Tax band am I in?

If you don’t know which band your property is in, you can look on your latest council tax bill or check your council tax band online.

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

Will the payment show up on my council tax bill?

No, the payment will not show on council tax bills at any point

How is the council distributing its discretionary fund?

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

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)

What if I received a payment but I was not eligible?

This grant is being provided on the assumption that you were a liable council tax payer (or would have been if the property were not exempt) and that the property met the following criteria on the 1 April 2022:

  1. It is valued in council tax bands A-D. This includes property that is valued in band E but has an alternative valuation of band D, as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme;
  2. It is someone’s sole or main residence;
  3. It is a chargeable dwelling, or in exemption classes N, S, U or W;
  4. 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.

If this is not the case then the grant may be liable for recovery. The most likely reason for this is if you moved out of the property before 1 April 2022, but did not tell us until after a payment was made, but there may be other reasons.

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

The Government are helping to spread the cost of the recent jump in energy prices over several years. £400 of this year’s energy bill will be taken off from October and will not need to be repaid.

The Warm Home Discount will be expanded, so nearly 3 million low-income households will benefit from a £150 discount.

Last updated: Tuesday, 31 May 2022 9:54 am