Rates payments and financial hardship
Journalist’s background: I’m working on a story about the number of people in Perth having trouble paying their rates. I understand that some WA councils have hardship policies in place that allow ratepayers to apply for either a discount to rates or to come up with an alternative payment schedule so I’m putting in queries to all the metropolitan councils to try to build a picture about how widespread these policies are and how many ratepayers use them.
- Does the council have a hardship policy?
- If so, what is it?
- How many requests were received under that hardship policy in the most recent financial year (2016-17)?
- By comparison how many were received 5 years ago (2011-12)?
Please attribute the following quotes to City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty.
The City of South Perth does not have a ‘Hardship Policy’, however the City understands that sometimes people experience financial hardship which makes it difficult to meet all financial commitments when they are due.
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