1.1 The Government announced a package of support known as the ‘Energy Bills Rebate’ to help households with rising energy bills. The package includes:
· A £150 non-repayable rebate for households in England in council tax bands A to D, known as the ‘Council Tax rebate’.
· Discretionary funding for billing authorities to support households who are in need but not eligible for council tax rebate, known as the ‘Discretionary Fund’
· All households in England, Scotland and Wales will receive a £400 payment to help offset the rising increase in energy bills from October. Energy suppliers will send the money to household’s accounts from October 2022.
1.2 Lichfield District Council has been allocated Government funding of £140,700 (Discretionary Funding) that needs to be awarded to qualifying households by 30 November 2022.
1.3 Approval is sought to amend the council’s Discretionary Fund Policy to enable all funding to be spent by 30 November 2022.
Decision type: Non-key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/11/2022
This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.
Reason for urgency:
Urgent decision to amend the council’s Discretionary Fund Policy to enable all funding to be spent by 30 November 2022.
Decision due: 24 Nov 2022 by Cabinet Member for Finance and Commissioning
Lead member: Cabinet Member for Finance and Commissioning