Thousands being issued to households in the Braintree district to support with rising energy costs

A new discretionary energy rebate scheme will begin to make payments to eligible households in the Braintree district to help with rising energy costs.

The scheme is available to households in council tax bands E-H who have been living in the Braintree district on or before the 1st April 2022.

The government has allocated £229,200 to Braintree District Council for the discretionary scheme and households meeting the criteria will receive payments of £150, depending on the volume of applications.

Cllr John McKee, Cabinet Member for Finance & Corporate Transformation at Braintree District Council, said: “We’ve designed this discretionary fund to support those who need it most and we are aiming to issue payments and get this financial help out to households as quickly as possible.

“So far we have paid out over £7.3m to households in council tax bands A-D and this new fund gives many of those who weren’t eligible under previous schemes vital support as the cost of living continues to rise.”

Those who are eligible and currently pay their council tax by direct debit will have the payment issued automatically to their bank account as soon as possible.

Those who are eligible that do not pay by direct debit, including those who pay by standing order, a letter will be sent to them inviting them to claim payment.

Details on the eligibility criteria is available on our web page. For those without access to the internet, they can call 01376 552525.

Published: 11th August 2022