East Lothian Council

Council tax

Paying your council tax

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East Lothian Council offers a 24 hour online payment service for customers wishing to make a payment by debit or credit card.

Make a secure online payment

Direct debit

The simplest and most convenient way to pay your council tax is by direct debit. Your payments can be spread over 10 or 12 months within the current financial year. You can choose to set up your instalments to pay on the 5th, 16th or last day of each month.

If you wish to set up a direct debit, please select the following link:


You can pay over the telephone during office hours using your debit or credit card. If you wish to do so, please call 01875 824301. 

Payment card

You can use your council tax payment card to pay at any local office, Post Office or PayPoint outlet.  If you would like more information about this, or would like to request a payment card, please select the following link:

More on payments 

Important information about Universal Credit

From 23rd March 2016, Universal Credit has been extended in East Lothian to include ALL new claimants of working age.

If you are of working age and were intending to make a new claim for housing benefit, you may now be required to claim help towards your housing costs as part of your Universal Credit claim.

You will NOT be able to claim for help with your council tax as part of your Universal Credit claim.  You MUST make a separate claim to East Lothian Council for this.

You can make a claim for council tax reduction online.

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

Telephone: 01875 824314

Help us to reduce paper and costs and receive your council tax bills by email.

How we use the information you provide.

Benefits are changing. Find out how this may affect you on our Welfare Reform information and advice pages.

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.