Pay council tax by direct debit and win thousands
Thursday March 14, 2013
Pay your council tax by direct debit and you may just win £25,000!
Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council recently declared itself as the UK’s ‘low tax borough’ after agreeing to cut council tax for the sixth year out of seven – bucking a trend of council tax rises across the UK.
The 3% cut means council tax in H&F is 17% lower than seven years ago and the third lowest in the country, while resident satisfaction with services is close to being at an all-time high.
The cumulative saving of six tax cuts of 3% or more is worth more than £45million or £667 per household. In comparison, during the same period, the cumulative, year-on-year cost of gas, electricity, petrol and food has risen by almost £5,000.
Processing direct debits generates long-term cost savings to the council and nearly 40,000 taxpayers have already helped the council to save money by signing up to pay their council tax by that method. This equates to a significant annual saving each year, with the proceeds ploughed into frontline services.
Council Leader, Cllr Nicholas Botterill said: “Hammersmith & Fulham is ‘the low tax’ borough’ because we have left no stone unturned as we slash senior management costs, pay off our historic debt and reduce office accommodation costs. Now you can help by switching to direct debit. By increasing direct debit volumes, we can make significant savings that can be incorporated back into budgets, and used to enhance services even further.”
The average ‘band D’ council tax bill in H&F has fallen by £23.44 this year - from £781.34 to £757.90. While reducing tax and debt, services have improved in a host of areas:
- Secondary schools are amongst the best in the country, according to Ofsted. H&F is one of only nine of the 151 local authorities to have all its schools judged to be ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. H&F has more sixth formers going to a top university than any other authority, despite the fact that 36% of pupils receive free school meals compared to 17% nationally.
- Crime is down six years out of seven, thanks in part to the Council’s spend on extra town centre police. This year there were 489 fewer crimes compared to the previous 12 months.
- H&F is in London’s top five for the cleanest streets. A mobile phone app was recently launched to make it easier than ever for people to report fly-tips, graffiti and litter.
- Nine of H&F’s parks have been awarded the national ‘Green Flag’ accolade.
- More vulnerable people are eligible for free homecare in H&F that would be denied if they lived in 28 out of 32 other London boroughs.
The council is one of 17 London boroughs taking part in the this year’s prize draw. To be entered, all you have to do is register to pay your council tax bill by direct debit before July 12.
To be entered into the draw, Hammersmith & Fulham residents must register to pay their council tax bill by Direct Debit before 5pm on July 12. The best way to do that is by signing into 'My account' or by setting up a 'My account' at www.lbhf.gov.uk/myaccount.
For other methods of signing up or for more information, visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/ctax_directdebit or call 020 8753 6681. Residents who already pay their council tax bill by Direct Debit will be automatically entered into the prize draw.