Instalments and Arrears

Council tax and council servicesCouncil Tax is set by Allerdale Borough Council and annual bills are sent in March each year. Instalments must be paid monthly to avoid receiving a reminder or a summons. Payments can also be made in advance.

The Council is duty bound to collect Council Tax in line with current regulations. If a payment is missed you will receive a reminder and will have a further seven days to pay before the whole balance becomes due. If it is not paid you will receive a summons which will cost you £65.00.

If payment of the first reminder is made you can continue to pay monthly. However, the law only allows a maximum of two reminders in any financial year. If after making payment for a second reminder your payment is late again, you will receive a Final Notice - which has to be paid in full within 14 days to avoid a summons being issued.

The summons details how much you owe and tells you when the hearing is to be held. At the hearing we will ask the Magistrates to grant a Liability Order. Once this has been granted we are able to implement recovery action to clear the debt.

Recovery action can take the form of:

  • An agreed payment arrangement with you (see Request for Payment Arrangement above)
  • Attachment of earnings - (please see guidance for employers below)
  • Deductions from Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit or Universal Credit 
  • Use of Enforcement Agents

You can go to prison for up to 90 days for not paying your Council Tax!

Anyone having difficulty paying their Council Tax should always contact Allerdale Borough Council as soon as possible. We are always available to offer help and advice.

There is more information here.

Budgeting advice is available from Citizens Advice or from the Money Advice Service.


Don't wait until it's too late!


1. How to pay an instalment or advice if you are unable to pay an instalment: 0303 123 1702

2. If you have had a summons and want to discuss payment options: 0303 123 1702

3. Or contact us by using the online form shown to the left of this page.

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ