COUNCIL tax bills are going online to help cut paperwork costs.
Northumberland County Council currently sends out around 300,000 council tax bills every year.
But now a new e-billing system has been set up that will enable residents to view, pay and manage their bills securely online.
People signing up to the scheme will receive e-mail alerts when a new bill arrives, can make payments at a convenient time, view details of how their bill is calculated and keep an online record of payments.
It is hoped the initiative will save the authority money on paperwork and postage costs and follows on from a successful campaign to encourage people to pay their bills by Direct Debit.
Executive Member for Corporate Resources Andrew Tebbutt said: “This new e-billing arrangement is part of Northumberland County Council’s continued drive to offer residents efficient and comprehensive online access to council services.
“It provides an easy and convenient way to access your account 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while reducing costs to the council by cutting down on the paperwork and postage costs that are incurred when issuing paper bills.
“However, council tax remains payable each month.
“E-billing is just one of a number of options we offer our customers to try to make the management of council tax bills as convenient as possible.
“It is hoped to extend the e-billing service in the future so that other council bills and invoices can also be paid online.”
For more information or to register for the service e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and council tax account number.