Do it online for a chance to win thousands

Published: Wednesday, 22nd June 2016

Direct Debit is the easy and reliable way to pay regular outgoings - and that includes housing rent and Council Tax.

Now, anyone who signs up for Direct Debit with Oxford City Council can enter two national prize draws for a chance to win shopping vouchers and a cash prize.

With Direct Debit, housing rent or Council Tax payments are collected automatically. That saves time, and means no more worries about falling behind with bills or forgetting a payment. Once they are set up, residents can relax, safe in the knowledge that those important payments will never be missed.

To enter the housing rent prize draw applicants simply have to be a new or existing council tenant and sign up for Direct Debit before the closing date, 28 October. There is a great prize of £1,000 in shopping vouchers up for grabs for switching to paying rent by Direct Debit. It really is that easy.

Anyone who switches their Council Tax payments to Direct Debit before 30 September will be entered into a free prize draw for a chance to win £5,000 cash, funded by Bacs Payments Schemes Ltd, the UK not-for-profit organisation behind Direct Debit. Setting up Direct Debit for Council Tax means the cost can be spread across the year and peace of mind is guaranteed by ensuring payments will never being late.

Councillor Ed Turner, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Board Member for Finance, Asset Management and Public Health, said: “There are two prize draws running for people who want to pay by Direct Debit, so there are two chances to win. Anyone who sets up a Direct Debit for their Oxford City Council rent payments could win £1,000 worth of shopping vouchers. Those who sign up to pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit could be in line for a £5,000 prize. Paying by Direct Debit can be a lot more convenient for customers, and it saves the Council money too – this can be used to support frontline services.”

To set-up a Direct Debit simply sign-up online on our website: it only takes a couple of minutes.

Terms and conditions as well as eligibility rules apply to both prize draws. To see all terms and conditions visit the 'National Housing Rents' or 'National Council Tax' page.

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