Council Tax rebate and dividend

Discretionary Council Tax Rebate scheme

The Discretionary Council Tax Rebate scheme has now closed.

If we did not receive your application and supporting evidence by 30 October 2022, we will credit the £150 rebate payment to your Council Tax account in November and this will be used to reduce your subsequent instalments. We will send a revised Council Tax bill to you.

Discretionary Council Tax Rebate scheme policy (pdf)

 

Main Council Tax Rebate scheme

The government Council Tax rebate is a one-off payment of £150 to most households in Council Tax bands A to D.

Applications for this scheme closed on 31 August 2022.

If you were eligible to receive the payment and you pay Council Tax by Direct Debit, we will have made a payment directly into your bank account.

If you were eligible to receive the payment and do not pay Council Tax by Direct Debit, we will have written to you to arrange how we will pay the rebate to you.

If we did not receive your application and supporting evidence by 31 August 2022, we will credit the £150 rebate payment to your Council Tax account in September and this will be used to reduce your subsequent instalments. We will send a revised Council Tax bill to you.

The rebate will not need to be repaid unless Council Tax records are updated retrospectively and you are not eligible for the payment as a result.

You can find full details of the rebate in our Council Tax rebate scheme policy (pdf)

The Council Tax rebate is different to the energy bill discount which will be paid in October and come off energy bills.

Harlow Council Tax dividend

Your Council Tax bill for 2022 to 2023 included a one-off reduction of £50 (or a proportional amount according to the total Council Tax you pay).

This reduction came off the overall Council Tax bill and is shown on the bill as a 'Harlow Council dividend'.

This was paid to most households in Council Tax bands A to H.

The dividend was only made to resident Council Tax payers of Harlow Council who, on or before the 1 April 2022, were known by our Revenues and Benefits service to be liable to pay Council Tax on 1 April 2022.

Not all Council Tax payers were eligible for this dividend. For example, if you are receiving a 100% reduction, if you are living in entirely student accommodation or if the bill payer is not a resident at the property, including unoccupied or second homes, you will not be eligible.  

If you are receiving part Council Tax support or receiving a single person discount, you will have received a proportional amount according to the total Council Tax you pay. 

You can find full details of the dividend in our Council Tax efficiency dividend policy (pdf)