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Council income collection better than ever before

Published on Friday, June 15, 2018

The city council collected more income from bills last year than ever before. A report to be considered by the council’s Overview Select Committee shows the council collected £420m in 2017/18, which is £15m more than was collected the year before.

The council sends out bills each year for council tax, business rates, housing rents and other services that people pay for.

The council’s director of finance, Alison Greenhill said: “Although we receive funding from the government we very much depend on people paying what they owe us, so that we can provide services. People are often surprised by how much we need to collect each year. Collecting everything we are owed is especially important when we are experiencing large cuts to our funding."

Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby said: “I am very pleased with this performance, and would like to thank everyone who has paid their council tax and rent on time, often in very difficult personal circumstances. This sort of response helps us to reduce the impact of funding cuts on our services.

"It is an urban myth that councils are inefficient when it comes to collecting money. Whilst collection sometimes takes time, in the long run we end up collecting 99% of what is owed to us.”

The council can provide help and advice to city residents and businesses having difficulty paying their bills. People can call 0116 454 1005 to discuss paying council tax or business rates, or 0116 454 1007 to talk about rent payments.