22 Jan 2013 Last updated at 00:00

Help with council tax payment

Further details have been released about how residents can spread the cost of their council tax over a full year.

Currently payments are made in ten monthly instalments but the new steps are designed to give residents more flexibility over 12 monthly payments. The council has three dates in which a direct debit can be made on either 1st, 10th or 20th.

In order to take advantage of the new ways of paying, residents are required by law to write to the council.
Applications should be addressed to the Isle of Wight Council, Revenues Division, Council Offices, Broadway, Sandown, Isle of Wight. PO36 9EA requesting a change to 12 monthly instalments together with your name, address of property concerned and council tax reference number.

Do it online

You can also complete our online form at www.iwight.com/12instalments

Residents are also urged to act quickly as time is required to set up the new arrangements changes before the new financial bills are produced early March with the existing ten monthly instalments.

Isle of Wight Council leader David Pugh said: "While the council is intending to freeze council tax bills for a third year, we are aware that the charge is still a significant one and I am pleased that we have found new ways to make the payment as easy as possible. This gives residents the opportunity to spread their bill equally through the whole year and in doing so reduce their monthly payments. "

Spreading the cost over 12 months instead of 10 will mean lower monthly payments
Spreading the cost over 12 months instead of 10 will mean lower monthly payments
  • The council's website iwight.com has a page where you can find out which council tax area your property is in.
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