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Direct debit pays off for lucky couple - 07.08.09

Paying their council tax by direct debit has won a lucky couple from West Sutton £100 from Sutton Council. The prize is the first in a quarterly series of draws to promote direct debit payment which last year saved the council at least £50k in costs.

Jill and Robert Cakebread are amongst the 50,000 households across the borough who pay their council tax by direct debit.

The remaining homes pay by a variety of means including by phone, online, in person with cash or cheque or with old fashioned payment books. Encouraging these homes to pay by direct debit saves money that would otherwise be spent on administrative costs.

The recession is putting extra pressure on council funds and it's more important than ever to work efficiently. Encouraging residents to pay their bills by direct debit is one way of saving money that can be used for front line services.

Cllr John Drage, Executive Member for Resources on Sutton Council said,

"Paying by direct debit is a win-win as it's quick and easy for residents and helps us save money too so that we can provide a value for money service to our residents.

"The prize draw is an added incentive that I hope encourages even more people to switch. Why not sign up today and be in with the chance to win?"

Robert Cakebread, a building and construction clerk of works, said,

"We've always paid our Council Tax with direct debit; it's easy and convenient and of course you don't need to worry about forgetting. The prize is an unexpected bonus but definitely welcome. We are off on holiday to Devon this year, so the money will go toward that."

To find out more, or to sign up to direct debit, call 020 8409 7100 or visit www.sutton.gov.uk

Last updated: Friday, 07 August 2009

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