Croydon's uncollected council tax one of the highest in the country
Croydon has one of the highest amounts of uncollected council tax in the country.
According to the latest Government figures, last year Croydon had £43.653m of accumulated council tax outstanding, the worst in London and fourth worst in the country.
Only Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester had worse figures.
A council spokesman said it was because Croydon is one of the largest local authorities in the country and will always rank higher when outstanding debt figures are released.
But Councillor Tony Newman, Labour group leader, said the council needed to acknowledge the problem and deal with the situation.
Coun Newman said: "We have a complacent council. It is unacceptable that such a large amount has remained uncollected. It is a waste and ultimately costs the taxpayer."
A report this summer from the Audit Commission , who publish data and evidence-based analysis aimed at helping local public services, said uncollected council tax can lead to an increase in the tax set in future years.
In February this year Croydon Council said they would rise its share of the council tax 1.85 per cent meaning residents would pay up to £35.25 more a year.
Eleanor McGrath, campaign manager at the TaxPayers’Alliance, said councils cannot afford to leave so much tax uncollected.
She said other residents will be left to pick up the tab through higher bills.
She added: "However, after a decade in which council tax doubled, it’s no wonder some are struggling to pay."
A Croydon Council spokesman said Croydon has one of the higher tax collection rates in London at 96.2 per cent.
He added: "We pursue every pound that is owed to us, no matter how far back the debt goes."
The figures on collection were released earlier this year and relate to all past years of council tax liability. In total there was £2.36 billion of uncollected council tax across England at that date.
Lambeth was the closest London Borough to Croydon in terms of its uncollected council tax,, with £41.115m missing.
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