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Council Tax Collection Statistics, 2018-19

Published: 13 Jun 2019 09:30

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released the latest Council Tax Collection Statistics which provide Council Tax collection figures for Scottish local authorities, up to and including the financial year 2018-19.

In 2018-19 for Scotland as whole, the total amount of Council Tax billed (after Council Tax Reduction) was £2.433 billion. Of this total, £2.336 billion, or 96 per cent, was collected by 31 March 2019. This provisional in-year collection rate is the same as the figure for the previous year.

Provisional in-year Council Tax collection rates for 2018-19 ranged from 94.1 per cent to 98 per cent across the 32 local authorities.

In-year collection rates have improved steadily from 87.2 per cent in 1998-99 to 94.3 per cent in 2008-09 and are now 96 per cent in 2018-19.

Background

The full statistical publication is available at http://www.gov.scot/ISBN/9781787819023

This publication contains figures on Council Tax, covering the financial years 1993-94 to 2018-19.

The information published is used by the Scottish Government to monitor councils' collection levels relating to council tax. Information is collected relating to the amounts billed and received and the year to which the payment refers.

This information is also required by ONS for national accounts purposes and CIPFA.

The next annual publication for financial year 2019-20 will be published in June 2020.  

Further information on Council Tax Collection statistics, including previous publications can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Local-Government-Finance/PubScottishCounTaxStats

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/About