Richmondshire households get £150 energy rebate

Almost 8,000 Richmondshire households have received their £150 energy rebate payment.

The national Utility Energy Rebate scheme, referred to as Council Tax Rebate Scheme by the government is designed to help households with rising energy bills.

Most people that pay their council tax by direct debit on the first of the month – and are in Band D or below – will now have been credited with the refund.

Payments were made on April 13 and 14.

Anyone falling into this category that hasn’t received the rebate might fall into the category of needing additional verification – those payments will be made in early May.

Letters of confirmation will be sent to all households.

Council officials said it was hoped households paying by direct debit on the 15th of the month will receive the refund in the first week of May.

And for households that do not pay by direct debit, arrangements for an application process are currently being finalised.

When this process is available, letters will be sent to all relevant households inviting them to apply.

The main scheme applies to all households in council tax bands A, B, C and D that meet the qualifying criteria.

The council has also been awarded a set sum of money for a discretionary scheme to look at potential households who fall outside of the main scheme.

This discretionary scheme is currently being worked on – the council says that more information will be issued once finalised.