Collection rates for council tax

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Since the introduction of council tax in 1993, Amber Valley's revenues collection service has strived to collect as much council tax within the year that it is due, aiming for consistent high council tax collection rates. We are now comfortably and consistently within the upper quartile (top 25%) for English authorities (out of over 300 English authorities).

There are now over 58,500 council taxpayers in Amber Valley, the largest Derbyshire district authority.

In 2019/20, £74 million was collected in total. This year (2020/21), we will collect around £75 million.

Achieving a high in year collection rate benefits the council's overall cash flow. Minimising the level of arrears also benefits council taxpayers generally by reducing the allowance made for non-collection allowed for in determining the council tax base for future bills.

Local authorities in England achieved a national average in-year collection rate for council tax of 96.8% in 2019/20, which is decrease of 0.2% against 2018/19 (97.0%).

Amber Valley Borough Council collected 98.7% in 2019/20 and has consistently collected above the national average.

Council tax collection rates for past years are listed below:

  • 2019/20 - 98.7%, placing us equal 19th nationally
  • 2018/19 - 98.8%, placing us equal 22nd nationally
  • 2017/18 - 98.8%, placing us equal 30th nationally
  • 2016/17 – 99.0%, placing us equal 14th nationally
  • 2015/16 - 98.8%, placing us equal 26th nationally
  • 2014/15 - 98.7%, placing us equal 27th nationally
  • 2013/14 - 98.8%, placing us equal 17th nationally
  • 2012/13 - 98.9%, placing us equal 18th nationally
  • 2011/12 - 98.8%, placing us equal 27th nationally
  • 2010/11- 98.8%, placing us equal 35th nationally
  • 2009/10- 98.9%, placing us equal 19th nationally
  • 2008/09- 99.1%, placing us equal 7th nationally
  • 2007/08- 99.1%, placing us equal 15th nationally
  • 2006/07 - 99.2%, placing us equal 7th nationally
  • 2005/06 - 99.2%, placing us equal 6th nationally
  • 2004/05 - 99.1%, placing us equal 9th nationally
  • 2003/04 - 99.0%, placing us within the top 20 performing authorities nationwide
  • 2002/03 - 98.7%, again placing us well within upper quartile targets
  • 2001/02 - 98.7%, our highest collection rate to date at the time, more than any other Derbyshire authority

View national collection rates.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841440 or email council.tax@ambervalley.gov.uk