Richmondshire residents urged to contact council over council tax and business rates debt

Residents and business owners struggling to pay council tax and business rates are being urged to contact the district council.

The local authority says it has been working with many people who have been suffering financial pressures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The authority said it had taken a ‘soft’ approach in recovering unpaid council tax and business rates arrears, working with people on payment plans to get them through this period.

However, later this month residents will receive formal council tax reminders or final notices if they are in arrears and officers ask that they contact the council as soon as possible to see what help is available – such as rescheduling instalments.

Business ratepayers will be contacted with final reminders too.

Residents that are struggling to meet their required payments and are on a reduced income should also consider applying for council tax reduction at www.richmondshire.gov.uk/apply-ctr

“We urge taxpayers not to ignore the notices issued as this may lead to further recovery action and additional costs being added to the account,” said corporate director, Sian Moore.

“We will look to help if we possibly can – we understand people are struggling during this pandemic.”

Residents can also obtain independent financial advice through:

  • Local Citizens Advice: 0300 3031 598 Monday to Friday (9am to 4pm) or via cany.org.uk/contact-us.
  • The National Debtline:: nationaldebtline.org
  • StepChange Debt Charity: stepchange.org

 Businesses should contact  the district council’s local taxation section on 01748 829100 or local.taxation@richmondshire.gov.uk