Cost of living: 10,700 residents to receive Preston City Council energy rebate

Posted on - 18th October, 2022 - 2:28pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
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Over 10,700 Preston residents will receive a council tax energy rebate as part of a city council discretionary fund created to target the cost of living.


In a Facebook postPreston City Council said those who qualify are to receive Post Office vouchers by post, but they should ‘cash them quickly’ as residents only have until Tuesday, 15 November, to do so.

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The recent Energy Price Guarantee was to reduce the unit cost of electricity and gas so that a typical household in Great Britain paid, on average, around £2,500 a year on their energy bills. But with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt overhauling former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget, this will only last until April 2023.

Read more: Cost of living support being offered by Preston City Council

In April, Cllr Nweeda Khan, the cabinet member for communities and social justice, said: “We realise how tough things are for our local residents, especially low-income households.


“During the summer holidays, we supported and funded six food banks, four hot meal providers and community kitchens, five food pantries and 19 holiday markets – this ensured access to emergency food provision across the city.

“Let’s Grow Preston continued its support of this programme by engaging with the local allotments and providing fresh fruit and veg boxes to support families accessing healthy and affordable meals. 2,040 families and individuals receive support each week, with 2,240 supported over the six-week summer term.

“We have also provided funding and support for DENW’s (Disability Equality North West) kitchen and hot meal service to vulnerable individuals and families and further cooking classes with the Foxton Centre and Preston’s Kind Communities.”

Read more: Council tax energy rebate update given by Preston City Council

The Preston City Council website said the government provided funding for councils to operate a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible for a council tax rebate. It could include, for example, individuals on low incomes who live in properties valued in bands E-H.

The council tax rebate is paid to the liable council taxpayer (or an occupant where the property is exempt) where the property meets the following conditions on 1 April 2022 and is not a property in multiple occupations.

To qualify:

  • The property is valued in council tax band A-D. It includes property valued in band E but has an alternative valuation band of D due to the disabled band reduction scheme.
  • The property is occupied as someone’s only or main home.
  • It is a chargeable dwelling or in exemption classes:
    • N (occupied only by full-time students), where the students are liable for council tax payment.
    • S (occupied only by persons under the age of 18),
    • U (occupied only by persons with a severe mental impairment) or
    • W (an annexe to a property occupied by the dependant relative of the person living in the main property).

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Where the liable council taxpayer does not occupy the property, they will not be eligible. If the landlord is liable for the council tax bill, as the premises is a house in multi-occupation for tax purposes, a council tax rebate cannot be paid.

However, residents may be eligible for a discretionary payment if they pay energy bills directly and their circumstances meet the criteria for the discretionary scheme.

Where a property is in exemption classes S, U or W, the occupant will be eligible for support and exemption class N, where the student/s are liable for payment of council tax and not the landlord.

Properties with no permanent residents (such as unoccupied properties or second homes) will not be eligible.

For more information, visit the website here.

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