West Oxfordshire District Council opens new scheme to help residents with the cost of energy who were not supported by the original Government £150 rebate
West Oxfordshire District Council has opened applications for financial support to those most in need of help with their energy bills. The new scheme is for residents who were not eligible for the recent £150 council tax energy rebate.
Councillor Dan Levy, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “We have opened this new scheme to support people not eligible for the original rebate scheme.
“The money we have from Government to do this is limited so we have designed the scheme to assist those who need help most, including people on benefits, people living in shared accommodation and people on a low income.
“Residents can visit our website to see if they are eligible and apply. We will continue to work as fast as possible to distribute this financial support as we recognise the huge rise in the cost of living.”
The Government set the criteria for the original £150 rebate scheme which was targeted at households in Council Tax bands A-D. Additional funding was provided to councils to set up a local scheme to help those not supported by the original rebate.
The new scheme is intended to help support those most in need during the current cost of living crisis. It covers:
- People living in properties banded E-H who are on low incomes or don’t pay council tax due to caring or health reasons
- People on low income who pay energy bills but not council tax
- People living in houses of multiple occupancy and on low income
- People living in emergency or supported accommodation
The full list of eligibility criteria is available on the Council's website along with a form to apply for the support.
Residents will have until 5 July to make their application for funding through the scheme.
Those unable to use the website can telephone the Council for advice and support. However, the Council is encouraging people to apply online where possible to free up phone lines for those who need them most.
The Council has to carry out a number of checks on those applying for the support to make sure fraud is not being committed. This may slow payments, but the staff working behind the scenes are working hard to process applications as quickly as possible.
More information on the rebate can be found on the Council website at www.westoxon.gov.uk/150rebate
West Oxfordshire District Council Communications Team
Notes to editors
West Oxfordshire District Council has moved as fast as possible to pay the original £150 rebate to those eligible, with most people who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit now having received the payment.
For those eligible for the original scheme who don’t pay by Direct Debit, the Council does not hold the details to make a payment. The Council is currently contacting those residents to explain how to provide the required information to the Council so the payment can be made. Residents who this applies to are being encouraged to contact the council with their payment details as soon as possible.