Cllr Geddes said: 'COSLA has long argued that council tax
collection levels could be improved if changes were made to allow
councils to pursue debtors more effectively and allow additional
'We welcome the announcement by the minister which will take forward the development of improved and more flexible collection and payment arrangements.
'Councils throughout Scotland take every step they can to recover outstanding debt, but at the end of the day it can become a difficult, time consuming and costly process.
'Every pound that we are unable to collect in council tax ultimately
has an adverse knock-on effect on all council tax payers - including
those who pay on time.
'Last August the government injected an additional£3m to assist councils collect council tax debt. This extra cash has allowed councils go some way in pursuing those who fail to pay and in the long run therefore, benefit everyone.'