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Cambridgeshire authority hits top three for council tax collection in the UK


By Adrian Curtis


SCDC thanks residents and businesses for paying their council tax and rates on time
SCDC thanks residents and businesses for paying their council tax and rates on time

Council thanks residents and businesses for helping to achieve 'fantastic' ranking

Residents and businesses across Cambridgeshire helped a local council to finish in the top three of a national league table by paying their council taxes and business rates on time.

South Cambridgeshire District Council achieved the ranking out of 326 councils across the UK.

Finance bosses have now thanked residents and businesses following its collection of 99.3 per cent of the expected funds in the last 12 months – an almost identical figure to the previous year.

Overall, £107 million in tax was due to be collected by the council on behalf of itself, Cambridgeshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, Fire Authority and parish councils.

The data also shows that business rate collection in South Cambridgeshire achieved a high-scoring position, with the authority coming 25th in this category out of the 326 authorities.

This was for collecting 99.4 per cent of business rates on-time.

Cllr John Williams, SCDC’s cabinet member for finance, said: “These figures are fantastic and reflect brilliantly on residents, businesses and the council’s hardworking revenues team.

“We try to do all we can to make it as easy as possible for people to pay their bills conveniently, and avoid falling behind.

“That being said, we would always encourage any resident or business having difficulties to contact us so we can look at the support and advice we can provide.”



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