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Council tax collection rates

Published: 17/06/2015

Figures published by the Welsh Government show that Flintshire County Council, with the support of its residents, is performing excellently in its collection of Council Tax. In the financial year 2014-15, the Council collected 97.8% of Council Tax in the year it fell due, which is 0.6% above the national average of 97.2%. This places Flintshire as the highest performing Council in North Wales and in the top three across Wales. This high level collection figure was achieved whilst also carrying out a single person discount review that led to the removal of many discounts, and increasing the amounts to be collected. As well as maximising collection, the Council continues to modernise and transform the way it operates by making it easier for residents to pay their bills and access services. Households in Flintshire can now pay by weekly direct debits – one of only a few councils in Wales to offer such a flexible payment scheme. Commenting on the announcement, Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council, said: “Flintshire is performing well and Im delighted that we have achieved a high standard of council tax collection. We also recognise that some households may struggle to pay and we would urge anyone who is finding it difficult to pay to make early contact with the Council Tax Service on 01352 704848 so that we can provide practical help and guidance on the best way to pay.