Almost 200,000 households in Bradford are potentially eligible for the council tax rebate, figures show.

Valuation Office Agency figures show there were 197,510 properties classified between council tax bands A to D in Bradford, as of March 31 – 90% of the 220,630 total households in the area.

Most households in Council Tax bands A to D will be eligible to receive a £150 one-off payment called the Energy Rebate. If you do not know which band your property is in, you can find it on your latest council tax bill or on the Valuation Office website

The payment is intended to help people with the increase in fuel bills. It doesn’t have to be paid back. Bradford Council is administering the payments, and many have already been made.

How do I apply?

If you already pay your Council Tax through Direct Debit, the payment will be made automatically. The council will pay the £150 directly into your bank account.

If you don't currently pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, the council will write to you to ask you for your bank details via a secure online form. The payment will then be made directly into your bank account.

If you can’t supply bank account details, you can ask for the payment to be made towards your council tax account, which will mean your bill for 2022-2023 will be £150 less. Or you can select an alternative method of payment.

What other help is on offer?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has this week unveiled a new range of financial support to help households through the cost of living crisis.

These included a universal £400 grant to help pay for rising energy bills in October, a one-off £650 payment for those on means-tested benefits, a £300 grant for pensioners receiving winter fuel payments and £150 to those receiving certain disability allowances.

How do I apply?

There is no need to apply - the payments will be automatically made to those eligible.

  • The £400 will work as a discount that will be made automatically by your energy supplier. There is no need to apply. This applies to all households that pay for their energy, regardless of their income.
  • The £650 payment will be automatically paid into the bank accounts of those eligible.
  • Households that receive the Winter Fuel Payment will automatically receive an additional £300 in November or December.
  • Those on disability benefits will automatically receive their £150 in September.