After a periodic review of banking costs, Darlington Borough Council is set to change banks in a move that will save tens of thousands of pounds over the next three years.

From Saturday 1 April, the Council will switch its accounts to Lloyds.

Any individuals, businesses or organisations that pay their Council Tax, rent, Business Rates, or other payments to the Council via direct debit or standing order through their bank do not need to change anything, or inform their bank. These changes will be made automatically through the banking system.

However, anyone who makes any payments to the Council by other means, for example via online banking, our new bank account and sort code will be:

Lloyds, 21-23 Northgate, Darlington, DL1 1TL

Account name:           DBC – Collections

Sort Code:                   30 84 43

Account Number:       34640868

Councillor Steve Harker, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Efficiency and Resources, said:

“The move to Lloyds will save the Council tens of thousands of pounds over the next three years, which can be used to support other vital services.

“As a result of the widely publicised austerity cuts, the Council has been forced to make reductions to many of its services and any savings we can find in other areas is to be welcomed.

“Our finance team has worked closely with Lloyds to ensure a smooth transition when the move is complete, but we would urge anyone who makes payments by methods other than direct debit or standing order to ensure they use the new bank details.”

For more information please contact the customer services team on 405000 or email customerservices@darlington.gov.uk.