Set up a direct debit

37,000 households in East Lothian pay their Council Tax by direct debit. It's the easiest way to stay on top of your bills.

Direct debit offers a hassle-free way to pay your regular outgoings, helping to avoid Council Tax payments being forgotten. 

You can:

  • spread your payments over 10 or 12 months, within the current financial year
  • choose to set up your instalments to pay on the 5th, 16th or last day of 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 from your bank in the event of an error
  • advance notice if the date or amount changes
  • the right to cancel at any time

Switch to direct debit today

If you prefer, download a direct debit instruction

Other ways to pay your Council Tax

Although direct debit is our preferred method of payment, we do offer other payment methods.

Find out more

Important information -  cost of living

With the cost of living increasing, many people are finding it difficult to cover essential daily living costs.

A range of measures are available to help people boost their income. Don't assume you're receiving everything you're entitled to, always check, and if you're still struggling or in doubt, get in touch.

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