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Man Hits Out At Council's Council Tax Payment Methods

Friday July 12 2013

Stuart Howarth Stuart Howarth

A PAINTER and decorator has hit out at Barnsley Council for ditching cheque payments for council tax.

Stuart Howarth and his wife Vicki have always paid their council tax in monthly instalments by cheque, but now the council has scrapped cheque payments because it says they're too expensive to process.

The council has asked people to pay by other methods such as direct debt and online banking.

But Mr Howarth, 53, of Thurlstone Road, said this would be a barrier, especially for older people who might not be familiar with online and telephone payments.

"Individuals should be able to pay by whatever method they prefer," he said. "The council is pushing direct debit but we're reluctant to do it because of historical problems we've had."

He added many people had found in convenient to pay council tax 'over the counter' at the former Connexions office - now closed - in Shrewsbury Road, Penistone.

"Why can't they have a payment counter, for example, in Penistone Library?" he said.

The council said it had to make savings, given the government's efficiency drive.

A council spokesman said: "Payments to Barnsley Council for council tax and other fees can be made online, by direct debit, telephone or bank giro."

He added that customers who preferred not to use direct debit could pay by standing order.

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Reply Posted by Hugo on Friday July 12 2013 at 10:12
What an old moaner

Plenty of options available and who will pay for the additional costs of cheques or counters? That's right the council tax payers

He'd moan the when his bill went up

Reply Posted by king louis on Friday July 12 2013 at 10:19
faceless bureaucracy...this country is getting more communist traits by the hour. there aim is to close all human contact by any means and then take whatever they want from our accounts by increasing in regular increments without us noticing. the next move will be to force all our bills into one big lump thus blurring it even more

Reply Posted by Old Fart on Friday July 12 2013 at 10:28
FGS - barrier for old people, well thanks very much - I have been paying bills with Direct Debit / formally standing orders for over 50 years so its not new.

Takes a simple form to set up and then its done with, nothing to remember, nothing to do and with on-line banking you have control of the direct debits. The only people who are worried about cheque and cash payments are the ones not declaring all their earnings.

Reply Posted by Alibob on Friday July 12 2013 at 11:27
I have a card I can use at any pay point to pay my tax

Reply Posted by Really? on Friday July 12 2013 at 11:52
You can get an all pay card from Council tax so you can pay at many shops / post offices. I'm not sure this is really news worthy?

Reply Posted by Sir know nothing on Friday July 12 2013 at 12:09
Stuart is a little slow, especially at painting..............

Reply Posted by Brian on Friday July 12 2013 at 13:58
Thought I was old and daft but this bloke takes the biscuit!

Reply Posted by Chris on Friday July 12 2013 at 14:11
Please don't knock the idea of cheques. The banks were planning on abolishing them until they had to listen to the outcry against this notion. Depending on individual circumstances electronic payment methods are not always the 'method of the moment' and I, as a freelancer, receive 90% of my payments via cheque. And there are still many local - & HONEST - small businesses who do not accept card payments, only cash or cheque.

Reply Posted by craig on Friday July 12 2013 at 14:40
this man has something to hide, i work with customers well over 80 and they all use DD this man obviously earns more than he declares.

Reply Posted by steve on Friday July 12 2013 at 14:41
ive known dodgy stu for years, its all tax evasion.

Reply Posted by Hugo on Monday July 22 2013 at 11:35
ive seen him before i thick it was DUMBER and DUMBER.

Reply Posted by jim on Saturday August 3 2013 at 10:08
does he paint double yellow lines as well.

Reply Posted by dave on Monday August 5 2013 at 07:42
always a tight bastard where moneys concerned.

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