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Council Tax collection rates

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  • Release date: 13 June 2018
  • Period covered: 2017-18
  • Next update: June 2019
An annual report which includes information on amounts collected, arrears and amounts written off.

Key points

  • In 2017-18, 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.
  • 12 authorities recorded a year-on-year increase in their collection rate in 2017-18.
  • Pembrokeshire recorded the highest in-year collection rate at 98.3% whilst Blaenau Gwent recorded the lowest at 93.8%.
  • The amount actually collected in respect of 2017-18 bills, excluding council tax reduction scheme, was £1,454 million out of £1,492 million collectable.
  • During 2017-18, billing authorities collected £27 million of arrears and wrote off £7 million as bad debts.
  • The total amount outstanding at 31 March 2018 was £87 million, of which £38 million was in-year arrears.


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