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Government assistance with fuel and energy costs

Are you struggling with energy costs for your home? If so, help is available.

Earlier this year the government announced a range of measures to support households affected by the escalating cost of energy, creating a new scheme, named the Mandatory Energy Rebate Scheme.

Through this scheme rebates of £150 will be issued to households who pay for Council Tax whilst living in properties with a banding of A – D and those in band E with banding reductions as an impact of disability. These rebates will be issued through the appropriate Local Councils.

Eligible households will receive this payment regardless of any reductions in charges brought about by Local Council Tax reductions or rebates.

Where payments of Council Tax are ordinarily made by direct debit, the rebate of £150 will be issued directly to that account. Where the Local Council does not hold account details, the eligible person should contact their Local Council to register their eligibility for this rebate.

Alongside this mandatory scheme, each Local Council is also exploring ways to administer a Discretionary Rebate Scheme to support affected people living in properties with a banding of E – H.

More information can be found by contacting the Local Council for your area.


Council contacts

Basildon District Council 01268 533333


Braintree District Council 01376 552525


Brentwood Borough Council 01277 312500


Castle Point Borough Council 01268 882200


Chelmsford City Council 01245 606606


Colchester Borough Council 01206 282600


Epping Forest District Council 01992 5640


Harlow District Council 01279 446655


Maldon District Council 01621 854477


Rochford District Council 01702 546366


Tendring District Council 01255 686868


These rebates are grants and non-repayable.

If you require assistance, please contact us on 0300 37 33 333 and a member of our friendly team will support you.

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