Thousands could be saved if more people signed up for council tax and business rate Open Access e-billing

Thousands of pounds could be saved from the public purse each year if more residents and businesses signed up for council tax and business rate e-billing.

Thousands of pounds could be saved from the public purse each year if more residents and businesses signed up for council tax and business rate e-billing. 

Last month Braintree District Council upgraded its online council tax portal making it more secure and much easier for residents and businesses to keep track of their bills electronically. If all residents signed up the Council could save up to £23,000.

Cllr David Bebb, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance at Braintree District Council, said:

"This e-billing portal called Open Access is one of the ways Braintree District Council is working to reduce costs while improving services to residents and businesses. All local authorities including Braintree District Council will have to be self-sufficient as of 2019 when central government funding comes to an end. It means that the Council has to find efficiency savings such as this. This way of billing is much faster and secure and means you can view your bills when and where you like, without having to wait for the post to arrive. So save time and go online.”

Before the upgrade, electronic billing was only used by 3,000 residents and businesses, the Council hopes that number will now increase. 

The move will also save paper - helping to protect the environment. Earlier this year the council introduced paperless meetings - where councillors were encouraged to no longer to print out lengthy committee agendas and documents for meetings and instead read it electronically. This is believed to have saved the council hundreds of pounds so far.