Council in top 10 for tax collections

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PRESSURE on council coffers has been eased thanks to high council tax collection rates.

East Hampshire District Council is in the top 10 local authorities in the country for council tax collection at 98.8 per cent.

And business rates collection of 99 per cent was the best achieved in Hampshire.

Council leader Ferris Cowper said: ‘A high collection rate is excellent for the council’s overall finances and also great news for council tax payers and businesses.

‘It means that the council does not have to use large sums of money to pay for bad debts and this helps to reduce the pressure to increase council tax in the future.

‘When it comes to council tax, if everyone pays, then everyone pays less.’

In East Hampshire the council collected £64.7m of council tax from the 49,734 taxpayers in the district.

That money is split between all the precepting authorities, including Hampshire County Council, which takes more than 70 per cent.

East Hampshire receives around 9.5 per cent.