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« on: December 22, 2016, 02:00:17 PM »

The Royal Borough is set to gain over £260,000 worth of additional council tax revenue after approval was given to refine changes to its council tax collection.

Approval was granted at last week’s council meeting (Tuesday 13 December) to remove the one-month, 100 percent empty and unfurnished exemption in line with many other local authorities. It will come into effect on 1 April 2017. 

The council should gain an extra £325,000 in council tax annually for the council tax collection fund, £267,000 of which will be the Royal Borough’s share. It’s also hoped it will further encourage more empty homes to be brought back into use, a key priority for the council.

The government introduced new discretion for local authorities around certain categories of property exemptions for council tax from 1 April 2013 which the Royal Borough adopted. Now the council is streamlining this collection process further.     

This will result in more money being available to spend on council services for residents and should also save £25,000 a year in administrative costs.

Cllr Geoff Hill, lead member for customer and business services, said: “This is great news for both residents and staff. We will have nearly £300,000 more to spend on residents’ needs.

“Furthermore it means that staff will be making and receiving fewer calls, so they will be freed up to do other tasks. This is all part of the council’s commitment to delivering differently.”
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