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Barnet residents may not be aware but you can now spread your council tax payments over 12 months instead of the usual ten months. This change was introduced by Eric Pickles but many councils have not made this rule change widely known. In Barnet you only have until Friday 5th April - yes this Friday - to request to pay your council tax over 12 instalments. For someone in a Band D property that will reduce your monthly outgoings by approximately £23.60 per month. You still pay the same amount but you just spread it over 12 months instead of 10. To have a look at the details you can download the booklet from the council's website here; the details are on page 9.