MSE News: Council tax bills can be spread over a year from April

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"Households will soon be able to spread council tax payments over the full tax year, rather than the current 10 months..."
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Council tax bills can be spread over a year from April

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  • We have been spreading the payments over 12 months for the past 2 years in South Norfolk!
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    MeadowsMeadows Forumite
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    edited 8 February 2013 at 1:34PM
    I'd rather have the ten months (same with water bill) as in the two free months I put the money I would have spent into our holiday fund, that gets a £350 boost each year from this.

    Yes I could as easily add the savings (from both) from the 12 month payment change but I like the way it works now and if only the Council tax changed and not my water then I would only see a £21 difference.

    It seems that you have to contact the council to get your payments switched to 12 months).
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  • I prefer it to be spread over 12 months.. It would be great if I could pay for the water the same way.
  • PrincessLouPrincessLou Forumite
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    We already pay over 12 months and have done for the past couple of years...
    Mortgage - £105,500
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    Meadows wrote: »
    I'd rather have the ten months (same with water bill) as in the two free months I put the money I would have spent into our holiday fund, that gets a £350 boost each year from this.

    Yes I could as easily add the £83 to the savings (from both) from the 12 month payment change but I like the way it works now and if only the Council tax changed and not my water then I would only see a £21 difference.

    It seems that you have to contact the council to get your payments switched to 12 months).
    So, presumably, if you don't contact them you continue over 10 monthly payments?
  • MeadowsMeadows Forumite
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    3v3 wrote: »
    So, presumably, if you don't contact them you continue over 10 monthly payments?


    According to http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/protect/2013/02/council-tax-bills-can-be-spread-over-a-year-from-april
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  • CISCIS Forumite
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    The government have amended legislation so that rather than 12 instalments being solely at the discretion of the local authority you will be able to request payment over 12 months , in writing, and they can't refuse.

    If you don't ask for the 12 instalments then the default scheme is still 10 instalments (unless you council already operate discretion and let to have 12).
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
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    Meadows wrote: »
    I'd rather have the ten months (same with water bill) as in the two free months I put the money I would have spent into our holiday fund, that gets a £350 boost each year from this.

    Yes I could as easily add the £83 to the savings (from both) from the 12 month payment change but I like the way it works now and if only the Council tax changed and not my water then I would only see a £21 difference.

    It seems that you have to contact the council to get your payments switched to 12 months).


    You are paying alot for your water. Guess you are not metered?
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    Ive been paying my council tax over 12 months for at least 10 years here in North Yorkshire.

    My metred water costs me only £240 (£20 a month)
    2 of us in a 3 bed semi, in all day too.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
  • MeadowsMeadows Forumite
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    noh wrote: »
    You are paying alot for your water. Guess you are not metered?

    Entered wrong figure there but yes we are not metered and this is water use and sewerage.
    Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
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