£1.75 million rise in Council Tax and rent collection in Kingston

The latest financial results for the borough show that an additional £1.75m in rent and Council Tax has been collected, increasing the revenue we can feed back into essential frontline services.

Last financial year, March 2014 to March 2015, saw a 2.7 per cent increase in rent collection, up £837,000 from last year, boosting our rate to 96.8 per cent. 

The latest Council Tax collection results, from April to July 2015, climbed by 0.4 per cent for households and rose by 0.6 per cent for businesses, together totalling an increase of £920,000. 

Councillor Rowena Bass, Lead Member with responsibility for Treasury at Kingston Council, said:

“Collecting almost £2 million more in Council Tax and rent is a great achievement and it means that there’s more money to put back into frontline services, like housing and social care.

“We ran a borough-wide campaign last year called ‘Pay your rent and see it spent’, highlighting the importance of keeping up to date with payments and that residents’ rent money helps us make improvements to homes and services for all tenants.

“Most of our residents pay their rent and Council Tax on time. In fact, we are third best in London for Council Tax collection, which we credit to having an easy to use website, as well as financial support and advice in place for those who need it.

“We are also one of very few London boroughs which pursues all debts for Council Tax. It’s simply not fair on our residents that some don’t pay. We are very proactive at tackling this, starting with gentle reminders, of which we issue around 28,000 a year, all the way through to court orders.”

To find out more, see Council Tax.