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Council Tax collection rates

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  • Release date: 14 June 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: 13 June 2018
An annual report which includes information on amounts collected, arrears and amounts written off.

Key points

  • In 2016-17, billing authorities collected 97.4% 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.
  • 16 authorities recorded a year-on-year increase in their collection rate in 2016-17.
  • Flintshire and Monmouthshire recorded the highest in-year collection rate at 98.1% whilst Blaenau Gwent recorded the lowest at 93.8%.
  • The amount actually collected in respect of 2016-17 bills, excluding council tax reduction scheme, was £1,384 million out of £1,422 million collectable.
  • During 2016-17, billing authorities collected £29 million of arrears and wrote off £6 million as bad debts.
  • The total amount outstanding at 31 March 2017 was £84 million, of which £37 million was in-year arrears.


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