Jake Berry MP is calling on Rossendale Borough Council to change the way local people pay their council tax so that households’ monthly costs go down.
Following government changes, households in England can now spread their council tax payments over the full tax year, rather than over 10 months.
Rossendale’s MP wants to make it easier for local people to budget and is calling on the council to give people the option to spread their payments over the year.
“Currently taxpayers in Rossendale and Darwen pay more each month than if it was split evenly, making it difficult for them to budget.
“If a band D property moved to monthly instalments, their council tax payments would go down by an average £24 per month.
“This sensible measure makers paying easier, giving taxpayers a little more room for manoeuvre and bring down their monthly outgoings.”
Councillor Darryl Smith, Rossendale Conservative Group Leader, said:
“Jake is absolutely right, if the Labour run Council are serious about helping local people with their household bills they should implement 12 monthly instalments for council tax bills as soon as possible.”
Councillor Mike Lee, Blackburn with Darwen Conservative Group Leader, said:
“I agree with Jake that the Council should look to implement all measures to help families to pay their Council Tax bills. This includes smaller more regular amounts.”