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Council Tax Energy Rebate - Exceptional Discretionary Scheme

This page details an Exceptional Discretionary Scheme being offered by Fenland District Council to:

  • care leavers
  • people who have been in temporary accommodation
  • people living in Houses of Multiple Occupation
  • and people living in other accommodation who pay the energy bills but have their Council Tax paid by their landlord.

Grants are also available for people who do not meet the other criteria but are experiencing exceptional financial hardship. All grants are subject to criteria. Applications will close on 31 October 2022 or sooner if all of the money has been paid out.

For details of the Discretionary Scheme for households in Council Tax bands E-H in the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) and the Severe Mental Impairment exemption scheme, and bands F-H for the Disabled Band Reduction scheme, please see our Council Tax Energy Rebate page.

Background

The Government's Council Tax Energy Rebate, administered locally by Fenland District Council working with Anglia Revenues Partnership, is to help households with the rising cost of energy bills.

Under the main scheme, a grant of £150 was available to households in Council Tax bands A-D. The Council, and Anglia Revenues Partnership, has already administered this scheme.

The Council was also given 'discretionary' funding by Government to target support to the households the local authority identifies as most in need. As detailed on the Council Tax Energy Rebate page, Fenland District Council is using the majority of this money to target support to households in Council Tax bands E-H in the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) and the Severe Mental Impairment exemption scheme, and bands F-H for the Disabled Band Reduction scheme

Fenland District Council is using the remaining discretionary money to provide an Exceptional Discretionary Scheme.

This will provide support to the following:

Who is it for?How much is it?Summary of criteriaHow are they being contacted
People who were in care or temporary accommodation and moved into  new tenancy after 1 April 2022£1701.    Moved into new tenancy allocated by the local authority.
2.    Responsible for energy bills at property.
3.    Responsible for Council Tax, however those on low or no Council Tax due to exemption can still get the grant.

Anglia Revenues Partnership (ARP) to write directly to these households.

Phone contact may also be made encouraging residents to complete form.

As above but in a House of Multiple OccupationUp to £100As above but not responsible for Council Tax as paid by the Landlord.
 
As above
Residents in Houses of Multiple Occupancy or people in other accommodation where the landlord pays the Council Tax but the applicant pays for energy. Residents will need to show that they were in the property on 1 April 2022
 
Up to £1001.    Open to Council Tax bands E-H
2.    Properties in classes N, P, S U and W are not eligible.
West Suffolk Council will write to registered Houses of Multiple Occupancy encouraging occupiers to apply, while ARP will write to landlords to ask that they encourage their tenants.
Residents in band E-H homes who do not meet the above categories but are experiencing exceptional financial hardship
Residents will need to show that they were in the property on 1 April 2022
Up to £150Applicants must be able to demonstrate exceptional financial hardship. This funding may include residents who have a pre-payment meter for gas and/or electricity, and who have a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement in place.We will highlight this through the media, social media, as well as writing to stakeholders including our housing team, councillors, town and parish councils, community groups, community support organisations and NHS partners.
 

 

Our partners at Anglia Revenues Partnership will be writing to households identified as care leavers and placed into a new tenancy from April 2022 or having previously been in temporary accommodation and then placed into a new tenancy by our housing team since April 2022. Fenland District Council will write to the occupant of registered Houses of Multiple Occupancy. You do not have to wait for this letter however to apply. 

If you meet one of the above categories, ARP may contact you or your landlord to encourage an application. If you feel you may be eligible please complete the Anglia Revenues Partnership application form.

If you need help with this form, please contact Anglia Revenues Partnership on their helpline on 01842 756456. 

Applications will close on 31 October 2022 or sooner if all of the money has been paid out. This deadline is given as the Government says no more grants can be paid after the end of November 2022. In early November, if any discretionary money is left, we will process the last of the grants and decided how we allocate any remaining money. 

Please note all bank account details are subject to mandatory pre-payment checks using our secure application supplied by the cabinet office.

Once your application has been processed and passed the mandatory pre-payment checks a payment will be made within 15 working days. If your bank details do not pass the mandatory pre-payment checks we will contact your for further details.

Please be advised, Anglia Revenues Partnership may ring eligible residents to encourage an application.

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