The Money Saving Expert has advised those who are not eligible for the rebate but are still struggling to pay their energy bills
Martin Lewis has told millions of people how to get help with their energy bills – even if they don’t qualify for the £150 tax refund.
Here we take a look at the money saving expert’s advice on who gets the discount and what to do if you don’t meet the eligibility criteria.
Who is the discount given to?
The rebate is only given to houses in council tax brackets A, B, C or D in England and Wales, which accounts for around 80% of properties.
Scottish residents in Bands A to D are also entitled to £150 and will still qualify if they currently also receive a Council Tax Reduction.
What happens if you don’t meet the eligibility criteria?
Those who are struggling to pay their bills but do not fall into any of the above categories may be able to apply for a separate grant.
Local authorities in England will receive part of a £144m discretionary fund, which will be used to support vulnerable, low-income people who do not pay council tax, or who pay council tax on properties in bands E to H.
Local authorities have until November 30, 2022 to make payments through this system.
What did Martin Lewis say?
Speaking of the scheme, Martin said in a new tweet on Thursday morning: “Struggling to pay energy bills but not in council tax bands AD so not £150 payment due?
“Councils have been given a discretionary fund of £144million to give up to £150 to people in this situation
“Check out how to apply (although some are very slow to get money out of this program).”
What are the eligibility criteria for the fund?
Each council sets its own eligibility criteria for voluntary funding and you will need to contact your local authority or check their website to see if you are eligible for support.
For example, the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has divided its eligibility criteria into different groups.
Those in an E to H property who receive means-tested tax credit receive £175.
Council taxpayers who receive a means-tested council tax rebate in property groups A to D will receive £25 on top of the £150 they already received as part of the original rebate.
The council said: “This does not apply to taxpayers who receive an individual rebate as this is not means-tested”.
Gedling Borough Council will pay £173 to households receiving council tax support in property groups E to H.
An additional £23 will also be granted to households that are in bands A to D and receive council tax support, giving a total rebate of £173.
But not all councils have yet decided who will spend the funds.
Lambeth Council’s website states: “Details of the discretionary fund and who is eligible to apply will be posted here as soon as they become available.”