Agenda item

Council Tax Energy Bill Rebates Scheme

Decision:

1.  That the policy at Appendix 1 to the report for the allocation of the discretional funding to support vulnerable households to meet their energy bills be approved.  The following groups would be supported:

 

a. A single one-off payment of £150 will be awarded to any household who resides in a dwelling with a Council Tax band E-H and are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction. Current cases 200 costing £30,000

 

b. A single one-off payment of £150 will be awarded to any household who resides in a dwelling with a Council Tax band E-H and are entitled to a reduction under the Council Tax (Reduction for Disabilities) Regulations 1992. Currently 30 cases costing £4,500

 

c. A single one-off payment of £150 will be awarded to any household who resides in a dwelling with a Council Tax band E-H and are entitled to a reduction as a result of Severe Mental impairment. Currently 5 cases costing £750

 

d. A single additional payment of £30 (in addition to the mandatory payment) will be awarded to any household who resides in a home with a Council Tax band A to D and is in receipt of Council Tax reduction on the 1st June 2022.  Currently 9,500 cases costing £285,000

 

e. Retain a small pot of £43,200 to make awards for energy support identified through the Household support fund scheme.

 

2.  That delegated authority be given to the Council’s Section 151 Officer, in consultation with the Lead Member for Financial Oversight and Council Assets, to make technical scheme amendments to ensure the scheme meets the criteria set by the Government and the Council.

Supporting documents: