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Date published: 16th July 2018

The revenues and benefits team at North Norfolk District Council collected 98.74% of Council Tax and 99.4% of Business Rates, according to year-end figures for 2017/18.

The Council Tax figure is the highest percentage collected for more than 10 years and the second highest ever collected by the authority.

Meanwhile, the Non-Domestic (Business) Rates figure is the joint highest percentage ever collected by NNDC.

The figures mean that NNDC had the best Business Rates collection figure in Norfolk and the second best for Council Tax. Nationally, NNDC was joint 25th out of 326 authorities for Business Rates and joint 38th out of 326 for Council Tax.

Cllr Wyndham Northam, North Norfolk District Council’s Conservative Portfolio Holder for Revenues and Benefits, said: “This is fantastic news, and it’s a direct result of a lot of hard work put in by the council’s staff.

“In this era of limited resources, this money is absolutely vital for us as we continue to provide first-class services for the residents and businesses of North Norfolk.

“These figures compare brilliantly with those elsewhere in the country, and I’m very proud of all our staff who have helped make this happen.”

Cllr Eric Seward, NNDC’s Lib Dem Shadow Portfolio Holder for Revenues and Benefits, said: “It is important as councils struggle to fund services that the required level of income from Council Tax and Business Rates is collected.

“The figures show that this is another excellent year for the collection of taxes in North Norfolk and reflects the hard work put in by officers to bring this about.”

Cllr John Rest, Leader of the Independent Group at NNDC, said: “The real credit for this success must go to the excellent team of officers and staff that work in this department.

“Their diligence and efficiency ensures that all revenue is collected in a timely fashion.”

The collection information has been submitted to NNDC’s Cabinet, Scrutiny and Full Council as part of the Debt Management Annual Report.

Last updated: 16th July 2018