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One lucky Hounslow resident could scoop £5,000 after Hounslow Council signed-up to a national council tax campaign launched by Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs), the not-for-profit organisation behind Direct Debit in the UK.

To be in with a chance of winning the £5,000 prize, Hounslow residents must register to pay their council tax bill by Direct Debit before 5pm on 30 September 2016, either by returning a completed Direct Debit Instruction form by post or signing-up to Direct Debit online at http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/counciltax Residents who already pay their council tax by Direct Debit will automatically be entered into the prize draw.

Councillor Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement, Hounslow Council, said: “Direct Debit is a simple, safe and secure means of payment which is also more convenient for residents than other payment methods.

“It is also a much cheaper way for us to process payments and the money we save can be used for the benefit of residents.

“Thanks to the prize on offer from Bacs, there is an attractive incentive for residents to switch payment methods and we would love to see someone from Hounslow win the £5,000.

“Council tax bills have recently been sent out and we’re encouraging as many people as possible to look out for the prize draw information included, switch to Direct Debit, and be in with the chance of winning. Of course, those who already pay this way will go into the draw automatically.”

Dawneth Perry, Bacs’ local authority specialist, said: “We are pleased to support all of the organisations taking part in this year’s national campaign, the first time we’ve brought together local authorities from across the country.

“We’ve run a London-specific campaign since 2010 and the results over this time have shown just how effective these initiatives can be.

“Over the last six years our council tax campaigns have delivered in the region of £2.5m in savings for those taking part and we’re now hoping that we can drive cost efficiencies for local authorities across the country.”

For more information on the free prize draw and how to sign up to Direct Debit visit  www.directdebit.co.uk/nationalcounciltax or contact Hounslow Council on 020 8583 4242.

About Bacs:

Bacs has been maintaining the integrity of payment related services since 1968, with responsibility for the schemes behind the clearing and settlement of UK automated payment methods, Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit, as well as the provision of managed services for third parties, such as the Cash ISA Transfer Service, and the development, management and subsequent ownership of the Current Account Switch Service.

More than 110 billion transactions have been debited or credited to British bank accounts via Bacs since its inception; in 2015, 6 billion UK payments were made this way, while a new record was also set in July 2015 with the number of transactions processed by Bacs in a single day exceeding 100 million for the first time (103 million payments).

A not-for-profit entity which has maintained carbon neutral status since 2012, Bacs is a membership company limited by Guarantee.

For further information please visit www.bacs.co.uk

More about Direct Debit:

A Direct Debit is an instruction from a customer to their bank or building society authorising an organisation to collect varying amounts from their account, normally for regular payments for everything from household bills to charitable donations. Almost nine out of 10 British adults have at least one Direct Debit commitment, with 73 per cent of household bills paid this way (up from 71 per cent in 2014); 66 per cent of people in GB prefer to pay most bills by Direct Debit, and the number of people who feel positively towards Direct Debit reached 85 per cent in 2015. Nearly 3.9 billion Direct Debits were processed in 2015, and Direct Debit payments are protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee, a money back consumer safeguard.

For more information about Direct Debit, visit www.directdebit.co.uk

More about Bacs Direct Credit:

Bacs Direct Credit is a simple, secure and reliable service, which enables organisations of all sizes to make payments direct into a bank or building society account – unlike cash or cheques, Bacs Direct Credit payments cannot be lost, stolen or delayed in the post. There are more than 150,000 organisations in the UK using Bacs Direct Credit; while it has been widely adopted to pay benefits, wages and salaries – nearly 90 per cent of the country’s workforce is paid this way and one billion benefit payments are made via Bacs Direct Credit – it is also the payment method of choice for a range of other applications such as pension payments, employee expenses, insurance settlements, dividends and refunds.

Bacs also owns and managed the Current Account Switch Service, as well as operating the Cash ISA Transfer Service and the Biller Update Service. Find out more here.

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