No more cheques

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CHEQUE payments will no longer be accepted by Sheffield Council for council tax and rent bills from October 1.

But the authority has announced that residents can still settle bills with the council by cheque at any Post Office branch – and payments can be made by direct debit or at shops displaying the Pay Point sign.

The change is part of moves – including closing the cashiers’ desk at Howden House in the city centre – to cut admin costs by hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Andy Dolling, Sheffield Council’s assistant director of finance, said: “Our customers will continue to be able to pay their council bills by cheque through local post offices.

“The council is committed to maintaining services to local people against a background of reducing operational costs.

“But to achieve this we have to look at innovative ways of saving money.

“One of the issues we have been looking at is the cost to us of accepting payments by cheque.

“By phasing this out we will save an estimated half-million pounds over a three year period.”