The application period for the Main Scheme closed on 28 July 2022. No further applications will be accepted.

Those applicants that met the pre-payment checks, required by government, will have received payment in their bank account by the end of Monday 15 August 2022. See below for additional information about the pre-payment checks.

All remaining eligible households that had not received a £150 Energy Bill Rebate payment received an adjusted Council Tax bill showing that the £150 credit had been applied to their Council Tax account. This was done by 31 August 2022. 

If your Council Tax account has been amended since April 2022, and the changes mean that you would have been eligible to receive an Energy Bill Rebate, we will have made a payment, or added a credit to your Council Tax account, by 30 September.

The Energy Bill Rebate helpline will close on 30 September. In the meantime, you may also email your query to the project coordinator, ian.davies@huntingdonshire.gov.uk. Please include your name, address and Council Tax account reference number. This email address will no longer accept emails after 30 September 2022.

From 1 October 2022, there will be no dedicated resource dealing with Energy Bill Rebates, as we will have made all the payments necessary under the scheme. If you have a question, please see the information below. If the answer is not available, please send an email to council.tax@huntingdonshire.gov.uk and we will answer your query within 14 days. Please include "ENERGY BILL REBATE", and your Council Tax account number, as the subject heading.

Main Scheme Energy Bill Rebate for band A to D households

For customers who paid by Direct Debit in April or May and where your bank details matched the details on your Council Tax account - we have already made a payment into your bank account (reference: HDC ENERGY PAYMENT).

If you are not sure whether you received a payment, please check your April/May bank statements before contacting us.

Those residents who didn't pay by Direct Debit, but were eligible to receive an Energy Bill Rebate payment, were sent a letter, inviting them to apply online. We have now either made a payment directly to their bank account, or we have added a credit to their Council Tax account. They will have received a letter telling them what we have done.

If you are not sure whether you received a payment, please check your bank statements, for the period 1 June 2022 to 3 October 2022 before contacting us.

Local Scheme Energy Bill Rebate

We developed a Local Scheme for the Energy Bill Rebate, based upon the limited amount of money that central government has given to us for this purpose. We identified those cases that are most likely to be suffering from financial hardship, but were not necessarily eligible under the Main Scheme.

Eligibility details can be found in the policy document.

Where we already hold bank details for a customer, we paid the rebate directly to their bank account by 31 August. For those where we did not hold bank details, we sent a letter inviting them to apply.

If you are not sure whether you received a payment, please check your bank statements, for the period 1 June 2022 to 3 October 2022 before contacting us.

Where we were unable to obtain bank account details, or where the details did not meet the government's pre-payment verification checks, we will have directly credited the customer's Council Tax account with the rebate by 30 September 2022.

The application period has now closed.

Where we were unable to obtain bank account details, or where the details did not meet the government's pre-payment verification checks, we will have directly credited the customer's Council Tax account with the rebate by 30 September 2022.

From October, a £400 non-repayable grant will automatically be paid by energy suppliers to utility bill payers.

A £650 non-repayable grant will be paid by the Department for Work and Pensions in two instalments (July and during the autumn) to people in receipt of:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Credit
  • Pension Credit

A £150 non-repayable grant will be paid in September by the Department for Work and Pensions to people in receipt of:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

An additional £300 winter fuel payment will be made during the autumn by the Department for Work and Pensions to pensioner households.

Cambridgeshire County Council has a Household Support Fund designed to help a range of people with financial assistance and other types of support. More details can be found at: Household Support Fund - Cambridgeshire County Council.

The payment is part of the government’s measures to help protect millions of households from rising everyday costs, but ultimately you can decide what to use the money for.

If you receive a credit on your Council Tax account, instead of money in your bank account, this will mean that you will pay reduced monthly instalments for the rest of the year, and you could use that towards other household expenses.

1 April 2022 is the "qualifying date" for payment of the Energy Bill Rebate. It is payable to the person that was living in the property on that date.

  • If you move to a different property after 1 April, you cannot claim an Energy Bill rebate at the new address, as the previous occupier will have already claimed it. If you have not received the payment before you move, we will pay it in to your bank account by the end of April. You do not have to repay the money, but you cannot make another claim at the new address.

  • If we later discover you were not entitled to the payment, or you receive more than one payment, you must tell us and you must pay back the incorrect payment.

There are lots of other things you can do for yourself to help with rising cost of living. To find out more, visit Citizen's Advice.

We actively promote energy efficiency to homeowners across the district to help:

  • lower carbon emissions

  • reduce fuel poverty

  • enable affordable warmth and

  • improve the housing stock.

To find out more, visit the Sustainability and Greener Living pages.

Energy Bill Rebate payments are made on the assumption that the recipient is the liable Council Tax payer and that, on 1 April 2022, the property:

1. Is valued in Council Tax bands A to D (or Band E where a Disabled Band Reduction has been granted)

2. Is someone’s sole or main residence

AND

3. Council Tax is payable, or an exemption class N, S, U or W has been applied (if applied, this will show on your Council Tax bill).

The Energy Bill Rebate is provided to support all of the residents of the household.

If the property does not meet the criteria, you are required to notify the council, and to repay the money