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Council Tax

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been given to local authorities about whether residents may pay for their yearly council tax bill in 10 or 12 instalments. (111962)

“The Council Tax: Practice Note 5” originally issued to local authorities by the Department of the Environment in 1992 and re-issued on 29 April 1994, makes clear that authorities may agree council tax payment arrangements with taxpayers that differ from the normal statutory minimum, often monthly, instalments. “Council Tax—a guide to your bill” published by this Department makes clear that local authorities may agree, although usually only in exceptional circumstances, to payment of council tax bills over 12 rather than 10 months.