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COUNCIL TAX COLLECTION IMPROVEMENT IN HIGHLAND

For the seventh year in a row The Highland Council has achieved continuous improvement in its In-Year Collection Rate for Council Tax.

In 2002/2003, the Council collected 92.6%, or 62.4 million. This was above the Scottish average of 91.5%.

For all years from 1996 to 2003, the Council has achieved an overall collection rate so far of 95.1%. The Scottish average was 93.7%.

Councillor John Matheson, Chairman of the Council's Resources Committee, welcomed the news and thanked taxpayers for the continuing improvement, which was essential to maintain and improve services. He also paid tribute to all staff involved in the collection of the tax, who had helped to make this possible.

He said the Council remained committed to recovering all outstanding monies, and ensuring that those entitled to Council Tax Benefit are encouraged to claim.