The cheque’s in the post

ALL this talk about how raising council tax might be an answer to staving off cuts to services is all very well – but not much use if your tax-payers don’t pay up. Figures released to me by the Town Hall under the Freedom of Information Act show that Camden missed out on a cool £2.8 million  from non-payers last year. It’s a common trend and a loss which is confounded by the fact Camden has to spend time and money on chasing the dodgers,  sometimes through the courts. Here’s the uncollected tax stats from recent years:

1 April 2009 – 31 March 2010: £2,862,914.02

1 April 2008 – 31 March 2009: £2,466,535.74

1 April 2007 – 31 March 2008: £1,826,762.02

2 Comments on The cheque’s in the post

  1. Steve Mirrors // February 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm //

    I suppose the Con Dems have always been friends with tax evaders…
    Look at Lord Ashcroft. Keith Moffitt and Andrew Marshall must be proud.

  2. Cllr Peter Brayshaw // February 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm //

    These undercollection figures, though regretted and leaving no cause for complacency, need to be seen in context. reflecting a collection rate of more than 97%! If only National Government and HMRC were as succesful in their collection percentages! Or most businesses in managing their debtors. Despite very high turnover of households in Camden, and the impact on ability to pay caused by the recession, our revenues division is clearly extremely efficient in billing and collecting. The current sreps towards the Council budget are based on a continued 97.5 per cent collection rate. And, say, a 5% increase in Council Tax (averaging a pound a week, would generate £5 million extra, then Government would take away their bribe (Council Tax Freeze Grant”) still leaving us with £2.5 million to further mitigate the most severe of the cuts. Yes, Pickles could well cap the Council, one of the risks and reasons why no decision has yet been taken.

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