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Council Tax collection rates

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  • Release date: 13 July 2016
  • Period covered: 2015-16
  • Next update: 14 June 2017
An annual report which includes information on amounts collected, arrears and amounts written off.

Key points

  • In 2015-16, billing authorities collected 97.2% of council tax billed, an increase of 0.1 of a percentage point. This is the highest collection rate since the introduction of council tax.
  • 14 authorities recorded a year on year increase in their collection rate in 2015-16.
  • Flintshire and Pembrokeshire recorded the highest in-year collection rate at 98.0% whilst Blaenau Gwent recorded the lowest at 93.5%.
  • The amount actually collected in respect of 2015-16 bills, excluding council tax reduction scheme, was £1,319 million out of £1,357 million collectable.
  • During 2015-16, billing authorities collected £30 million of arrears in respect of previous years and wrote off £7 million as bad debts.
  • The total amount outstanding at 31 March 2016 was £85(r) million, of which £37 million was in-year arrears.
(r) Revised 13 July 2016

Revision note

The report has been revised on 13 July 2016 due to errors in the data submitted by Neath Port Talbot and Cardiff.


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