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Information on amounts collected, arrears and amounts written off for April 2021 to March 2022.

Main points

  • In 2021-22, billing authorities collected 96.3% of council tax billed, an increase of 0.6 percentage points.
  • Most authorities recorded a year-on-year increase in their collection rate in 2021-22 mainly due to the suspension of debt recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic in the previous year.
  • Neath Port Talbot recorded the highest in-year collection rate at 98.0% whilst Blaenau Gwent recorded the lowest at 92.3%.
  • The amount actually collected in respect of 2021-22 bills, excluding council tax reduction scheme, was £1,837 million out of £1,908 million collectable.
  • During 2021-22, billing authorities collected £43 million of arrears and wrote off £5 million as uncollectable.
  • The total amount outstanding at 31 March 2022 was £173 million, of which £70 million was in-year arrears.


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