East Lothian Council

Council tax

32,000 households in East Lothian pay their council tax by direct debit. It's the easiest way to stay on top of your bills. Switch today.

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If you pay council tax in East Lothian, you will have recently received your new bill.  You need to start paying your new council tax charge in April, so we want to make sure your payments are taken care of.

Direct debit offers an easy and hassle-free way to pay your regular outgoings, helping to avoid council tax payments being forgotten.  It's no surprise that over 32,000 households in East Lothian already pay their council tax by direct debit.

It saves you time

Life is hectic, but direct debit helps.  It takes away much of the hassle associated with paying bills.  You'll find it easier to stay on top of your bills and you'll know exactly how much money is going out each month.

Direct debit guarantee

Customers are protected by, and should be reassured by, the direct debit guarantee offered by all Banks involved in the direct debit scheme.  You're protected by 3 important safeguards:

  • an immediate money back guarantee form your Bank in the event of an error
  • advance notice if the date or amount changes
  • the right to cancel at any time

Spread the cost

Council tax is normally paid over 10 months, however you can spread the cost with direct debit and pay over 12 months instead.  We offer a number of payment dates throughout the month, so you can choose what's best for you.

If you would find it easier to pay your council tax weekly or fortnightly, let us know and we can discuss other payment options with you.  Our friendly and helpful staff are here to help, just call 01875 824314.

How do I switch?

Just call 01875 824314 during office hours and we can set up your direct debit over the phone, it won't take long.  Alternatively, go online at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/directdebit

East Lothian Council, PO Box 13251, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01875 824314

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