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Council Tax Collection Statistics, 2016-17

Council Tax Collection Statistics, 2016-17

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ISBN: 9781788510646

Council Tax collection rates for each local authority for billing year 2016-17, and all previous years.

Executive Summary

In 2016-17 for Scotland as a whole, the total amount of Council Tax billed (after Council Tax Reduction) was £2.149 billion. Of this total, £2.060 billion, or 95.8%, was collected by 31 March 2017. This provisional in-year collection rate represents a slight increase on the figure for the previous year.

 

Between 1993-94 and 2016-17, the overall total amount of Council Tax billed in Scotland was £38.611 billion, of which £37.381 billion, or 96.8%, was collected by 31 March 2017.

 

Provisional in-year Council Tax collection rates for 2016-17 ranged from 93.4% to 98.0% across the 32 local authorities.

 

In-year collection rates have improved steadily from 87.2% in 1998-99 to 93.8% in 2006-07 and now 95.8% in 2016-17. This reflects improvements in the collection of Council Tax in the billing year.

 

The provisional amount of Council Tax Reduction awarded in Scotland in 2016-17 was £321.6 million. Therefore, the theoretical total Council Tax charge for 2016-17 (before Council Tax Reduction) was £2.471 billion.