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Under the eligibility criteria set out below, only one payment per property of £150 will be payable. This includes if a payment has already been made to a property under the mandatory scheme.

Part 1

Closed to new applications as £150 payments have now been made to all eligible band A-D (or band E and qualify for the disabled band reduction) properties.

Eligibility criteria for part 1:

  • All occupants in the property are not currently liable for Council Tax and do not appear as one of the persons named on the bill
    • for example House in Multiple Occupation (occupied by multiple households occupying separate, secure bedsits, whilst sharing communal areas), where legally the landlord has to be made liable for the Council Tax, or
    • rented accommodation where the landlord has voluntarily made themselves liable to pay the Council Tax on behalf of the occupying tenants

And

  • Your property is in Council Tax bands A to D (or in band E and qualify for the disabled band reduction) and is occupied as someone's sole or main residence (the discretionary energy rebate should not be claimed for unoccupied or second homes)

And

  • The occupants have responsibility for paying the energy bills (and can supply proof)

Part 2

Eligibility criteria for part 2:

  • All occupants in the property are not currently liable for Council Tax and do not appear as one of the persons named on the bill
    • for example House in Multiple Occupation (occupied by multiple households occupying separate, secure bedsits, whilst sharing communal areas), where legally the landlord has to be made liable for the Council Tax, or
    • rented accommodation where the landlord has voluntarily made themselves liable to pay the Council Tax on behalf of the occupying tenants

And

  • Your property is in Council Tax bands E to H and is occupied as someone's sole or main residence (the discretionary energy rebate should not be claimed for unoccupied or second homes)

And

  • The occupants have responsibility for paying the energy bills (and can supply proof).

And

  • The person responsible for paying the energy bills is in receipt of means tested:
    • Housing Benefit, and/or
    • Housing element of Universal Credit, and/or
    • Free school meals

Part 3

Eligibility criteria for part 3:

  • You are currently liable for Council Tax as one of the persons named on the bill

And

  • Your property is in Council Tax bands E to H and is occupied as someone's sole or main residence (the discretionary energy rebate should not be claimed for unoccupied or second homes)

And

  • You are in receipt of means tested:
    • Council Tax Reduction, and/or
    • Housing Benefit, and/or the
    • Housing element of Universal Credit, and/or
    • Free school meals

Part 4

Eligibility criteria for part 4:

  • You are currently liable for Council Tax as one of the persons named on the bill

And

  • Your property is in Council Tax bands E to H and is occupied as someone's sole or main residence (the discretionary energy rebate should not be claimed for unoccupied or second homes)

And

  • You do not pay Council Tax due to one of the following exemptions:
    • Your property is occupied solely by students (Class N)
    • Your property is occupied only by a person, or persons under 18 (Class S)
    • Your property is occupied by people who are severely mentally impaired (Class U)
    • Your property is an annexe occupied by a dependant relative (Class W)

Return to discretionary energy rebate scheme

Updated: 27 September 2022

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