Figures released by the Government last week reveal that Haringey Council collects a lower proportion of Council Tax than most London Boroughs.
In a comparative group of Outer London Boroughs only three councils were worse than Haringey’s performance of 93.8%. Haringey Liberal Democrats have criticised the performance saying that Haringey Council could have £1.5m more to be spent on vital services for residents if the collection rate matched the average.
Collection rates for Non Domestic Rates were also below average for London Boroughs and have got worse over the last twelve months.
Liberal Democrats highlight that Labour’s failure to ensure effective financial management and control is not restricted to collecting Council Tax. The proportion of rent collected on Haringey Council properties fell by one percent to 96.5%. That fall means an additional £600,000 of uncollected rent last year making a total of more than £2m uncollected rent.
Cllr Robert Gorrie, Lib Dem Finance Spokesperson comments:
“Labour continually uses the tight financial constraints as an excuse for lack of funds but consistently fail to collect the funds they are already due. Both for the Council and Homes for Haringey these are large sums of money that should be being effectively collected and invested in improving the services that residents expect and that that the majority pay for.”