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Council tax bills to drop soon on Tendring doormats

Residents and businesses across Tendring will soon be receiving a letter containing details of their council tax or business rates bill for the coming year.

The annual letter details the precept for 2020/21 set by Tendring District Council (TDC), along with that set by Essex County Council, and the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, and any town or parish council if relevant.

TDC collects council tax on behalf of all the authorities, but only keeps its share – which is less than 10% of the total bill not including town or parish precepts.

The 78,000-odd bills will be issued on 13 March, and people can expect them within a few days of this date.

People are urged to check their bill, and if their circumstances have changed or if they have a query to contact TDC by using the online form found here: www.tendringdc.gov.uk/council-tax/changes-you-need-tell-us-about

Any queries about other organisations’ elements of the council tax bill should be addressed to that authority directly.

Also included within the letter are details of the Tendring Free Householders’ Permit, which will automatically renew on April 1 without residents having to do anything.

However, if you are applying for a permit for the first time go to www.tendringdc.gov.uk/travel-and-parking/parking/season-tickets-and-permits – or, to change your address or your vehicle call 01255 686969.

Carlo Guglielmi, TDC Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Resources, said the letter was nothing to worry about.

“The annual bill is a routine letter, and this does not contain any surprises over previously published council tax rates,” he added.

“However it is a good opportunity to check that the details are correct, and I urge you to contact TDC via the online form if there is anything that needs changing. I would also remind you to amend your standing order if need be, to avoid falling into arrears.

“In addition, we often see a spike in scam calls, texts and emails around this time of year as fraudsters target this process which is carried out across the country. If you have any doubts please contact us directly.”


For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.