As of today council tax payers in England can ask to pay their council tax in 12 monthly instalments, where it was previously only possible to pay over 10 months.
The government estimate that “the move will lower average band D council tax instalments by an average of £24 per month for 10 months and helps tax payers manage their finances.”
Eric Pickles said “council residents can choose to pay their annual bills online or spread their payments over 12 months instead of 10. These sensible measures will make paying easier giving tax payers a little more room for manoeuvre and bring down their monthly outgoings by around £24 for most of the year.”
Additionally councils will no longer be required to enclose supporting information – such as how council tax is spent – with council tax bills and can opt to provide this information online.
John O’Connell, Research Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s great news that DCLG want to make it as easy as possible for residents to pay their Council Tax, but local authorities must also continue to provide as much information as possible about how this money is spent. Central Government is introducing tax statements about national spending and it would be a blow for taxpayers if local politicians withdrew theirs at the same time.”