Council offers advice during Credit Crunch

PUBLISHED: 12:07 28 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:32 15 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council is open to talk about payment problems people may be having due to the downturn in the economy. The offer applies to anyone paying council house rent, council tax or business rates.

EAST Devon District Council is open to talk about payment problems people may be having due to the downturn in the economy.

The offer applies to anyone paying council house rent, council tax or business rates.

Councillor Andrew Moulding, EDDC's Portfolio Holder Resources, said: "We understand how some people will be feeling the pinch and that it may be getting harder to pay all those bills.

"In the case of money owed to the Council, which collects on behalf of the Government and other agencies, there may be something we can do to help.

"I'd ask people to phone and discuss their concerns before getting behind with their payments."

EDDC, which has one of the highest collection rates for council tax in the country, said it wanted to make sure everyone gets the help they are entitled to.

For example, from October 27, all child maintenance payments are no longer taken into account when allocating housing and council tax benefits. Or, if the rateable value of your premises is below £15,000 you could get small business rate relief.

For more information, ring between 8.30am and 5pm or check the EDDC website on www.eastdevon.gov.uk .

For council rent, call 01395 517 444; for business rates, ring 01395 517 445; or for council tax or housing benefit, call 01395 517 446.


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