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Council Tax collection rates

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  • Release date: 11 June 2014
  • Period covered: 2013-14
  • Next update: 11 June 2015
An annual report which includes information on amounts collected, arrears and amounts written off.

Key points

  • In 2013-14, billing authorities collected 97.0% of council tax billed, an increase of 0.3 of a percentage point. This is the highest collection rate since the introduction of council tax.
  • 17 authorities recorded a year on year increase in their collection rate in 2013-14.
  • Pembrokeshire recorded the highest in-year collection rate at 97.9% whilst Newport recorded the lowest at 95.7%.
  • The amount actually collected in respect of 2013-14 bills, excluding council tax reduction scheme, was £1,182 million out of £1,219 million collectable.
  • During 2013-14, billing authorities collected £30 million of arrears in respect of previous years and wrote off £6 million as bad debts.
  • The total amount outstanding at 31 March 2014 was £83 million, of which £36 million was in-year arrears.


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