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Cost of Living

With significant rise in the cost of living we know that some households will be struggling financially, emotionally or because they need practical advice and help. Here is some key information on what support is available and how to access it. As new schemes, advice and support becomes available this page will be kept updated.

Discretionary Energy Rebate Scheme

The government announced a package of support known as the Energy Bills Rebate to help people with rising energy bills.

This consists of:

  • £150 non-repayable rebate for households in England, in council tax bands A-D, known as the Council Tax Rebate;
  • £144million of discretionary funding for billing authorities to support households who are in need, of which Boston Borough Councils share is £119,250.

Boston's Discretionary scheme is set out below.

Automatic Payments to Council Tax Payers

These awards are limited to one payment per property.

  • £150 to Council Tax payers who on 1 April 2022 had their sole or main residence in a Band E-H property and on that date were in receipt of Council Tax Support.
  • £150 to Council Tax payers who on 1 April 2022 in a Band E-H property where:
    • all residents are classified as being severally mentally impaired (Class U exemption), or
    • it is solely occupied by students, school or college leavers (Council Tax class N exemption), or
    • it is occupied only by those under the age of 18 (Council Tax class S exemption).
  • £150 to Council Tax payers who on 1 April 2022 had their sole or main residence in a property where a Council Tax review, proposal or appeal made before 3 February 2022 is successful after 1 April 2022, and the dwelling would otherwise have been eligible for the core rebate; that is, re-banded to A-D.
  • A 'top-up' payment of £27 to Council Tax Payers who on 1 April 2022 had their sole or main residence in a Band A-D property and on that date were in receipt of Council Tax Support. (This group will have received £150 under the core scheme.)

How Will I Be Paid?

Eligible households will automatically receive payment by a voucher that can be cashed at any Post Office. Please note that all vouchers must be cashed by 14 November 2022. After this date, any uncashed vouchers will be cancelled, and the rebate will be paid to the Council Tax account.

Support If You Are Not Liable for Council Tax

Some people are not liable for Council Tax but live in a property banded for Council Tax and are responsible for energy bills. An example would be a house in multiple occupation where the landlord pays the Council Tax, but the tenants are liable for their own energy costs.

Residents of properties on 1 April 2022 may qualify for a single one-off payment of £50 to £150. (The final amount for payment will be determined based on numbers of applicants.)

Applicants will be required to upload evidence of occupation and direct payment of energy costs as part of making a valid application.

The application form will operate until 6 November, or until the fund has been fully allocated, if sooner.

How Will I Be Paid?

Eligible households will receive a voucher that can be cashed at any Post Office. Please note that all vouchers must be cashed by 30 November 2022.

Application form for non-Council Tax payers

Scheme Exclusions

  • With the exception of the top up amount paid to Council Tax payers in Band A-D who receive Council Tax Support, no discretionary payment will be made to a household that has already received a payment under the Council Tax Rebate scheme.
  • Parties liable for Council Tax (or would be if the property was not exempt) that are a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or governmental body.
  • Students living in halls of residence and occupants of Ministry of Defence-owned property are ineligible for an award under this scheme.