Wandsworth contract achieves country's best business rates collection

Wandsworth has been named the borough with the most effective business rates collection in England and Wales on the back of a contract with Liberata.

The deal, which provides process automation and data analytics, pushed the council's collection rate to 99.84 per cent in 2015-16 - an increase of 0.34 per cent since 2014-15 when Wandsworth was ranked fourth in London and 13th nationally.

Wandsowrth business rates collection has now topped 99 per cent for the past four years, bringing in around £119m a year from 9,000 businesses.

Kevin Legg, assistant director (revenue services) at Wandsworth Borough Council, said: "We are delighted with the results achieved in partnership with Liberata, particularly in light of the recent Government announcement that councils will keep the revenue raised from business rates. Becoming the number one borough for business rates collection is testament to our continued focus on improving collections year-on-year."

Vijay Chandiramani, COO of local government business process services at Liberata, said: "We are delighted to share Wandsworth's success with a partnership that has evolved over the years. With the revenue from business rates increasingly going directly back to local authorities, it's more important than ever to make sure that collection is being done effectively.

"Through a combination of sector-specific expertise, effective process automation and data analytics, councils can achieve great results in a cost-effective and low-risk manner. Our work with Wandsworth is a fantastic example of what is possible."