Council Tax Energy Grant - Discretionary Scheme

The government has announced a package of support to help households with rising energy bills (external link), worth £9.1 billion in 2022-23.

This includes a £150 Council Tax Rebate scheme to support energy bills, further information on the Main Scheme can be viewed on our Council Tax Energy Grant page. 

To complement the Main Scheme, we are also operating a Discretionary Scheme. Customers who do not qualify for a Main Scheme payment can apply for support with rising costs of energy.

Discretionary funding is limited therefore customers who are eligible to receive support under the Main Scheme will not be eligible to apply for additional support under the Discretionary Scheme. Support from the Discretionary Scheme is restricted to £150 per household.

It will not be possible to provide all customers with a discretionary payment. Wigan Council will make a £150 Council Tax Rebate (Energy Grant) Discretionary Scheme payment to individuals who do not qualify for a Main Scheme payment, where they are the liable taxpayer, the subject property is in band E-H, and it is their sole or main residence and they:

  • Are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction on the 1 April 2022 or
  • Are in receipt of a Disabled Band Reduction on the 1 April 2022 or
  • Are classed as a Care Leaver in accordance with The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 on the 1 April 2022 or
  • Are exempt from Council Tax under class U due to a determination of being Severely Mentally Impaired in accordance with The Council Tax (Discount Disregards) Order 1992 (as amended).

Customers who qualify under the criteria and pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit will receive payment directly into their account, all other customers will receive a credit to their Council Tax account.

Under the Discretionary Scheme we will also consider applications from residents who are the liable taxpayer, the subject property is in band A-H, and is their sole or main residence where they moved into the property after 1 April 2022, but before 31 October 2022 and have not previously been awarded a Council Tax Rebate (Energy Grant) payment under either the Main or Discretionary Scheme, within or outside the borough and receive one of the following:

  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Disabled Band Reduction
  • A member of the household is in receipt of a disability related benefit such as:
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment
    • Employment and Support Allowance
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Universal Credit with either limited capability for work or work-related activity elements.
  • Occupy a new property due to fleeing from domestic violence
  • Are classed as a Care Leaver
  • Are a Foster Carer
  • Are exempt from Council Tax under class U due to a determination of being Severely Mentally Impaired in accordance with The Council Tax (Discount Disregards) Order 1992 (as amended).

Apply now

If you feel you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply now (external link).

Only one rebate payment of £150 can be processed per household, please do not attempt to make a further application if your household has already received £150 under either the main or discretionary rebate schemes.

View Discretionary Council Tax Rebate Energy Grant Scheme Policy.

Further support available

Council Tax

There are several Discounts or Exemptions that can reduce your Council Tax bill if you meet the qualifying criteria.

Further information and how to apply can be found on our Council Tax pages.

If you are struggling to pay the amounts due please do not ignore the problem, talk to us, we are here to help.

Further information can be found on our support page.

Benefits

If you are on a low income you could qualify for help towards Rent through Universal Credit or Housing Benefit. You may also be entitled to claim Council Tax Reduction.

Get an estimated assessment with our online calculator (external link).

If you already receive some Housing Benefit or Universal Credit but not enough to cover all your rent, you could qualify for extra support through Discretionary Housing Payments.

Further information and how to apply can be found on our Benefits and Grants pages.

Welfare support

We are working in partnership with organisations and agencies to provide advice and support to people in crisis. Examples of crisis may include:

  • Having no means of providing food for yourself or your family
  • Being homeless or finding yourself at risk of being homeless
  • Having no basic necessities to manage your home.

Further information and how to apply can be found on our Welfare Support pages.

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