This figure is down from £2.4bn in April 1993 when the new council tax was introduced.
Outstanding debts from council tax are significantly lower, at a little over £200m. Collection costs for the property-based tax are lower too, at £338.5m with court costs around £26.6m. The cost of recovering overdue poll tax payments in 1993 -94 was £145.4m, with £35.1m in court costs being recovered, according the CIPFA.
This equates to a cost of 25p for every £1 for poll tax recovery, against 10p for every £1 for council tax.
The paper reports that Lambeth LBC has the highest level of poll tax outstanding, totalling £84.8m at March last year. Closely following are Haringey LBC, Newham LBC and Liverpool City Council.