Energy rebate scheme

Council Tax Energy Rebate - Mandatory Scheme

In February 2022, the government announced a package of support to help households with meeting the costs of rising energy bills. As part of that package, local councils were asked to make a one-off £150 energy rebate payment to all households in England whose main home is in council tax bands A to D. Households do not need to repay this rebate. Councils had to make these payments before the deadline of 30 September 2022.

Most eligible households in the Harborough district have now received their rebate payment.

Where possible we made payments directly to people's bank accounts. Where this wasn’t possible, we used the Post Office Payout Voucher Scheme to make payments. We posted a letter with a barcode to the person named on the council tax account which enabled them to pick up the cash payment from any Post Office branch, with appropriate identification. Letters were posted in May 2022 and were valid for up to three months.

  • All vouchers have now expired. If you have not received your payment (and are eligible) we will credit your Council Tax account with £150. We are aware of a small number of cases where bank details have been provided but have been rejected by the bank verification process so these are having to be paid as a credit to the council tax account.

Further details around the eligibility criteria for the Council Tax Energy Rebate can be found on the GOV.UK website

Advice and support for anyone struggling financially is available from Citizens Advice and Money Saving Expert.

Council Tax rebate scams

If someone contacts you saying they’re from the council and asks you to provide your bank details, put the phone down immediately, it’s a scam. The council will never contact you to ask for your bank details by phone, email, or text.

For advice on identifying scams and reporting suspicious emails, phone calls and text messages please visit  Action Fraud and NCSC's Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS)