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Council Tax collection rates

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  • Release date: 12 June 2013
  • Period covered: 2012-13
  • Next update: 11 June 2014
An annual report which includes information on amounts collected, arrears and amounts written off.

Key points

  • In 2012-13, billing authorities collected 96.7% of council tax billed, a slight increase compared with the previous year.
  • 13 authorities recorded a year on year increase in their collection rate in 2012-13.
  • Pembrokeshire recorded the highest in-year collection rate at 98.1% whilst Cardiff recorded the lowest at 95.3%.
  • The amount actually collected in respect of 2012-13 bills, excluding council tax benefit, was £1,130 million out of £1,168 million collectable.
  • During 2012-13, billing authorities collected £28 million of arrears in respect of previous years and wrote off £6 million as bad debts.
  • The total amount outstanding at 31 March 2013 was £85 million, of which £38 million was in-year arrears.


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