High Council Tax collection rates saves residents money

Monday, 30 July, 2018

If everyone pays, everyone pays less – that’s the message from East Hampshire District Council after announcing it is in the top 10 per cent nationally for Council Tax collection.

EHDC collected 98.8 per cent of Council Tax in 2017/2018, the second highest figure in Hampshire and 30th out of 300 councils nationwide.

Cllr Nick Drew, Portfolio Holder for Governance and Organisational Development, said: “A high collection rate helps keep the cost of Council Tax down for all residents.

“A collection rate of 98.8 per cent is incredible and that is a testament to the efficiency and diligence of the Council Tax team at EHDC and to East Hampshire residents who know that paying tax helps everyone.

“If everyone pays, then everyone pays less.”

EHDC collects Council Tax not just for itself but also on behalf of Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, the Fire and Rescue Service and local parish and town councils.

It will also continue to pursue the unpaid 1.2 per cent.

As well as keeping collection rates high money can also be saved by residents using particular payment methods such as paying by Direct Debit or by having Council Tax bills emailed rather than posted.

Find out more at www.easthants.gov.uk/revenues/direct-debit-registration-form or contact the team at revenues@easthants.gov.uk.