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New Council Tax Bills For Selby


7:29am 10th April 2013

Revised Council Tax bills will be sent to homes across the Selby district this week, following a miscalculation by the District Council of one element of the charge.

A mistake was discovered say the council with the parish and town council precepts on a large number of bills, following significant changes introduced this year to the way in which Council Tax is administered.  As part of the Council budget agreed in February, the District Council say they agreed to offer a grant to parish and town councils to help them deal with the impact of welfare reform changes.  They add that the amounts on the initial Council Tax bills, however, did not reflect these grant payments.  Importantly, this means, say the council that the new bills issued this week will, in many cases, be slightly lower than the original charge.

April's Direct Debits for Council Tax have been suspended, with a standard ten-month instalment plan for this financial year now running between May 2013 and February 2014, say the council.  They add that those who have made payments by other means in April will receive a further statement following the revised bill, to reflect money already received.

A spokesman for the Council said, "We took action as soon as we knew there was a problem and we're now in a position to issue the re-calculated bills.

"We're sorry if the changes to payment dates and uncertainty over the final amount have caused problems for anyone - we've tried to minimise the impact by sorting out the issue as quickly as possible.

"Your new bill will not be any more than the previous bill; in many cases it'll be slightly less compared to the original bill you received last month."

Information about the issue is available on the Council's website: www.selby.gov.uk, over the phone on 01757 292087 or in person at the Council's customer contact centre, Market Cross, Selby.

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