Worcester residents can now pay council tax at their local shop
Worcester residents can now pay their council tax at their local shop in a trial scheme launched by the city council.
In line with other local authorities across the country, Worcester City Council has hooked up with national payment network PayPoint to give residents more flexibility in how they make cash payments for their council tax, business rates or housing benefit overpayment invoices.
Until now cash payments have only been accepted at the payment kiosks at The Hive. The trial with PayPoint opens up the option to make payments at local post offices and around 80 small retailers across Worcester.
Shane Flynn, city council Director of Resources and Governance, said: “We want to make paying council tax and other bills as easy as possible and we’re hoping that this trial of the PayPoint service will prove a success with Worcester people.
“If it does, we hope to able to extend it to cover other payments to the city council.”
Other payments that could be added to PayPoint in the future might include fees for garden waste collections, temporary accommodation and parking fines.
In addition to the PayPoint trial, the council has also recently launched online payments for alcohol, entertainment and taxi licenses at www.worcester.gov.uk/pay-it.