Pay by Direct Debit Direct Debit is the most convenient way to pay your council tax every month. The advantages are: No need to remember when to pay No additional costs such as car parking, bus fares or postage Paying by Direct Debit can result in 94% less carbon emissions than paying by cheque The scheme offers you complete peace of mind as it is guaranteed by your bank How To Pay Complete our online Direct Debit mandate form to set up a Direct Debit to pay your council tax, without the need to send an application by post. Please do not complete this form unless you wish to sign up to pay your council tax via direct debit. Completing this form will not enable the council to pay your Energy Rebate into your bank in April. We hope to pay all Energy Rebates to both current direct debit payers and non-direct debit payers before the end of April and will be updating our Energy Rebate page as soon as we have more information on this. Before you start to complete the form, make sure you have checked the following: Your Council Tax reference number - this can be found in the top right had corner of your bill. It's an eight digit number and starts with a '4' The address of the property you are paying for Your bank/building society details When setting up a Direct Debit on-line you also need to confirm the following: You are the named account holder of the bank account to be debited No other signature apart from your own is required to authorize the setting up of Direct Debits on this account If you can't confirm this you can still set up a Direct Debit, but you'll need to print out a Direct Debit Instruction form or call our Customer Service Team on 0161 912 2220.