Solihull residents urged to ditch paper council tax bills - and save trees - The Solihull Observer

Solihull residents urged to ditch paper council tax bills - and save trees

Solihull Editorial 9th Mar, 2020   0

SOLIHULL residents are being encouraged to use the council’s website to end their paper council tax bills.

A switch to digital billing could save the equivalent of approximately three trees each year, the council believes.

Residents can sign up for an online ‘Council Tax Account’ and switch to paperless billing.

A spokeswoman for the borough said: “Every year the council uses about 320,000 sheets of paper to send out council tax information.

“Residents can now create an account via the council website to view their council tax details online, sign up for paperless billing and access their information at any time of the day or night.

“Information about the new Council Tax Account is being included in the 2020/21 bill which all Solihull households are set to receive shortly.”

Coun Bob Sleigh OBE, Cabinet Member for Resources, explains: “This is a convenient way for people to manage their council tax information, at a time that suits them.

“Once they’ve set up a Council Tax Account, residents can check their balance, set up direct debit payments, request a single person discount and more.

“Reducing paperwork is good for the environment so people who sign up for paperless billing are also making a positive contribution to climate change.”

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