Performance on Council Tax and Business Rates Collection

The Council works to maximise the collection of council tax and national non-domestic rates (NNDR – commonly known as business rates) to ensure the Council and other authorities in East Sussex are able to provide the services they need to. Making sure we collect the amounts due also ensures equity between all those required to make payments.

Council Tax is a tax on domestic property. It is set by individual authorities based on the amount of money they need to raise each year. These authorities include the County Council, parish and town Councils in Wealden, Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire & Rescue as well as Wealden District Council. Council tax is collected by the district council but the monies raised are distributed according to the amount charged by each authority. These amounts are set out in detail on your council Tax bill. Each authority uses the income raised to help pay for the services it provides for example, planning, street cleaning, licensing, refuse and recycling, schools, roads and street lighting, social care, policing and the fire and rescue service. Wealden District Council accounts for 15.39% of the total Council Tax charged for properties in Wealden in 2016/17.

Business Rates are paid by commercial properties. Councils collecting business rates are allowed to keep a proportion for local services. Currently, 40% of this income is retained by the District Council, 9% goes to the County Council, 1 % to the Fire Authority and 50% goes to the Government. (The Government has consulted on proposals to change this to allow for 100% to be retained locally. The precise details of the changes have yet to be announced.)

Council Tax Collection

Percentage of Council Tax collected
  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
Council Tax collected in billing year 97.9% 98% 98.1% 98.3% 98.3% 60.3% (to date)
Target 98.5% 98.2% 98.2% 98.2% 98.2% 60.4% (to date)

The percentage of council tax collected in Wealden in 2015/16 was 98.3%.

People can get help to pay their Council Tax if they are on a low income. Since 2013 this help has been provided through a local council tax support scheme. The costs of the scheme have to be met by all the authorities in East Sussex that charge a council tax. Since April 2016 all residents of working age in the district have to pay at least 20% towards their Council Tax bill.

Business Rate (NNDR) Collection

Percentage of business rates (NNDR) collected
  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
NNDR collected in billing year 97.3% 96.6% 97.3% 97.3% 97.8% 57.4% (to date)
Target 98.0% 98.0% 97.8% 98.0% 98.0% 56.9% (to date)

The percentage of business rates collected in Wealden in 2015/16 was 97.8%.

Note: The figures shown on this page are for the percentage of tax collected within the year of liability; collection continues beyond this point and the Council works to collect all amounts billed.

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If you would like to receive your bill electronically in the future, please email our council tax and business rate teams as appropriate indicating your account number:-

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For business rate bills:    

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