Wednesday, 17 July 2013

South Cambridgeshire District Council Billed As Top Tax Collector

Council finances bosses have praised staff after cementing its place as one of the best authorities in the country for tax collection.

Latest league tables released by the Department for Communities and Local Government this week shows South Cambridgeshire District Council is the fifth best council nationally for collecting council tax and eighth for business rates.

In total the Council collects 84.6 million in council tax on behalf of itself, the County Council, Police and Crime Commissioners office, Fire Authority and parish councils. Maintaining last year’s record 99.3% of the money was collected.

A high collection rate of 99.5% was achieved for business rates in 2012/13, also equally the result from the previous financial year. A total of £66.7 million was due to be collected in business rates.

Councillors in charge of the collections team put have put the success down to the Council’s policy of dealing with each resident as an individual and offering early support and advice if debts begin to accumulate.

Cllr Simon Edwards, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, said: “I’d like to congratulate the collections team for continuing doing such a great job and achieving these excellent results. We try hard to work with our residents and speak to them early if they begin to fall into arrears and this has certainly helped us make sure we do our part by collecting the money due.”