(PRWEB UK) 13 March 2013
According to the Clacton Gazette, Tendering Council wrote to 23,000 residents encouraging them to pay their bills using the Direct Debit method. Following this correspondence, an extra 2,263 payer opted to pay by Direct Debit, resulting in savings of £11,000 a year for the Council.
Cabinet member for benefits and revenues reported that 38,906 people now pay their bills this way. “The overall figure has risen from 54 per cent to 57 per cent and this is the highest we have ever achieved,” he said. “When you consider that ten per cent of all accounts had nothing to pay at annual billing this year because they are receiving full benefit or an existing exemption, it meant that 63 per cent of those who had a bill to pay did so by Direct Debit.”
Surrey-based bureau SmartDebit, provide an end-to-end Direct Debit service, from consultancy to implementation, account management, processing and contingency. Always promoting the benefits of paying via Direct Debit, a spokesperson from the firm commented, “Tendering Council is one many organisations across the UK making significant savings through Direct Debit collections. Processing cash and cheque payments can be costly and time consuming, as well as being prone to errors and fraud. As well as the Council improving their cash flow and eliminating time consuming reconciliation, the taxpayer also benefits from the convenience, security and peace of mind that Direct Debit brings.”
He continues, “The number of people paying their bills via Direct Debit will continue to increase in the coming years as Britain moves towards becoming a cashless society. Over 3.4 billion Direct Debits were processed in the UK during 2012 alone.”
SmartDebit is the UK’s leading Direct Debit Bureau, specialising in payment processing services since 1998. A Bacs approved Bureau, scoring ‘Excellent’ in all five categories of the Bacs audit, and ISO 27001 compliant. Providing a complete range of services: Outsourcing; SmartDebit Admin cloud based portal; SmartDebit Online payer sign up; SmartDebit API integrated solution and SmartDebit Contingency.