Tax collection hits five-year high but more summoned by courts
THE amount of council tax being collected in Swansea is at a five year high.
A new audit committee report shows the percentage of money owed that was collected in 2012/3 was 96.7 per cent.
But the council is having to send out more reminders and issue more court summonses.
In the last financial year 84,013 properties in Swansea were billed.
Tax helps pay for council services such as education, bin collections, social services and maintaining streets.
The number of summonses issued last year was 15,873 — a rise of over 3,000 from four years ago.
The authority also says the improved collection rate has been helped by encouraging residents to pay by direct debit, online and by phone as well as through more traditional ways.
Rob Stewart cabinet member for finance and resources, said: "It is very good to hear that even in these difficult financial times almost everyone is paying their council tax on time.
"As a council we also have a benefits take up team which has been working hard every day to make sure those who are entitled to a council tax reduction receive it."
Among the ways the council supports residents to pay their tax is by reminder notices to those who don't pay on time with offers of support at an early stage to try to prevent arrears becoming unmanageable.
Councillor Stewart added: "We also make it as easy as possible for people to pay their council tax with minimum inconvenience by offering a range of payment methods.
"Those who face financial difficulties in paying should contact the council sooner rather than later so we can help them find a solution before they fall into serious arrears."
If you have any concerns about paying your council tax in Swansea contact 01792 635382