THURROCK Council’s central cash office and area housing office cash facilities closed on Friday (3 June), but there will be even more places to pay your council bills.
Cllr Phil Smith — the council’s new cabinet member for central services — visited one of the 90 or so outlets that can now accept cash payments for the council.
He was at Eagle News in Corringham Town Centre on Friday and said: “While this action saves the council money, it increases the places where people can pay their bills.
“With over 90 places to pay — instead of just the few we had before this change — everyone should have somewhere to pay that is within easy reach.”
“The council is absorbing the costs of paying in through Post Offices, PayPoint and PayZone facilities, but despite that it is far more cost effective than handling the cash ourselves.”
Cllr Smith added that the council estimated processing cash through the cashiers desk cost Thurrock Council £1.78 for each of over 90,000 annual transactions compared to PayZone transactions which cost it 30p each, Post Office ones at 46½p, and PayPoint transacations at 49p.
Council tenants will continue to be able to use their payment cards to pay rent and bar-codes will now be printed on all the council’s sundry debtor invoices and Council Tax bills to enable residents to pay at the 93 local shops and Post Offices.
Cllr Smith added: “There are still plenty of other ways to pay council bills, via direct debit, standing order and cheques by post.
“You can also use debit and credit cards to pay online via the council’s website and by telephone, although there is a two per cent charge for credit card payments.”
Details of the various ways to pay can be found in a leaflet available at council offices and libraries and on the council’s website (www.thurrock.gov.uk) and clicking on Paying Bills through the A-to-Z on the home page.