Get £150 energy bill rebate directly from May by paying council tax by direct debit

Published Thursday 3 March 2022

Residents are being urged to pay their council tax by direct debit to make it easier to provide a £150 payment - from May - to homes in bands A to D for help towards energy bills.

This comes after the Government announced the council tax rebate scheme as part of a wider package being put into place to support families amid rising global energy costs.

OnlineThis will be a one-off payment, made on behalf of central Government, by local authorities, direct to eligible households. 

Payment is intended to be made in May 2022 after the first Direct Debit payment for the month is received, to ensure the Council meets the Government’s expectation of a successful collection within April 2022.  

Read more about the process here - Energy rebate scheme.

Households that pay council tax by direct debit, which is a safe, simple and quick way to pay, will see the cash go directly into their bank accounts. Those who do not pay by direct debit will be contacted by the Council and invited to make a claim.

There will also be a discretionary rebate scheme for vulnerable residents, or those who do not pay council tax who live in properties in Council Tax bands E to H.

Cllr James Hallam, Harborough District Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet lead for finance, said: “We know people are struggling with the rising cost of living, and we want it to be a priority that every household, which is entitled to this payment, gets it from May. If you’re not already, I would urge people to sign up to direct debit so the rebate can be paid into their bank account.”

Currently Harborough district has around 27,795 properties in council tax bands A to D. 

To set up a direct debit or for further information about your council tax visit