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IMPRESSIVE ENGLISH COUNCIL TAX COLLECTION FIGURES

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English local authorities have collected 98% per cent of this year's expected council tax yield in 1993/94, new fig...
English local authorities have collected 98% per cent of this year's expected council tax yield in 1993/94, new figures show.

This is an eight percentage point improvement on community charge for the same period last year.

Commenting on the publication of the figures, Local Government Minister David Curry said:

'Today's figures provide further evidence of just what a successful tax the council tax is. These collection rates are far better than anything achieved by its predecessor and prove just how smoothly the council tax has been introduced in its first year.'

For the first time, information is available on the amounts that authorities could collect if everyone liable paid. This shows that authorities received 93% of that total during 1993/94.

Community charge collection figures are not available on a comparable basis.

In addition to the £6.8bn in council taxes, local authorities have collected over £580m in community charge arrears in 1993/94.

They also collected £9.4bn in non-domestic rates - 98% of the expected yield - compared with 93% in 1992/93.

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