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Delays in Selby Collections After Council Tax Mistake


2:45pm 25th March 2013
(Updated 3:10pm 25th March 2013)

Selby District Council will not take any Council Tax Direct Debit payments during April, as the authority is to re-issue Council Tax bills to homes in the district.

A mistake has been discovered 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.  The District Council agreed to offer a grant to parish and town councils to help them deal with the impact of welfare reform changes, but the amounts on the Council Tax bills do not reflect these grant payments.  This means minor reductions will be made to bills for some areas.

The Council is now in the process of re-advertising the Council Tax rates and re-issuing revised bills.  Importantly, the new bills will be no higher than previously stated.

For those who pay by Direct Debit this means that the first instalment of Council Tax will come out in May 2013.  It will be for the normal monthly amount.  For a standard ten-month instalment plan this means that the final payment for the year will be in February 2014 rather than January 2014.

You can make payments in April by other means if you wish.  Any other types of payments made prior to the new bills being issued will be logged on individual accounts and subsequent charges adjusted across the year.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, "We very quickly put in place plans to sort out this issue quickly, as soon as we were alerted to the problem.  We appreciate that the change to payment dates may impact on people, which is why we've tried hard to let people know what's happening, using our website, customer contact centre and through local media."

Direct Debit payments in May will be a standard monthly payment: they will not be larger than the normal payments.

New bills will arrive from mid April.

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