Rochdale Borough Council leader Allen Brett has reminded residents who may be struggling to pay their council tax that help is available. At a cabinet meeting this week it was confirmed that £18 million of local council tax support has been given to over 21,500 claimants in the last financial year.
This year, up to a further £150 will be reduced from council tax charges for working age residents who receive local council tax support, in response to the coronavirus crisis. Reduced bills should be issued in early July 2020.
Councillor Brett said anyone experiencing difficulties paying their council tax should contact the authority immediately:
"If you're struggling to pay your monthly council tax, please get in touch with us and we'll do our best to help. We may be able to create a new payment plan or possibly agree to pause your payments until a later date. We'll also be able to see if you could qualify for any benefits or schemes. Visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/counciltax or call us on 0300 303 8870."
Cabinet reported that 94.6% of council tax had been collected in 2019/20, 0.1% lower than 2018/19.
'We'll do our best to help'
Councillor Brett added:
"Like other authorities, we are also collecting outstanding debt to make sure we can continue to provide valuable front line services, but in terms of enforcement we are targeting residents who won't pay rather than those who can't, so if you are worried about your bill or would like some advice, please contact us at the earliest opportunity."