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Cumbria,
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Council targets those who owe on their council tax

 Monday 13 March 2017

Allerdale Borough Council is getting tough on those who persistently fail to pay their council tax.

The Council recently identified some 35 residents who consistently fail to pay what is due, with some people owing in excess of £9,000. Every effort is being made to help those who are finding it difficult to pay, such as those on benefits. However, where this is not the case, the Council is stepping up plans to take the person to court and get the debt repaid.

There are a number of options available to the Council to recover the debt including use of bailiffs, charging order, attachment to earnings or bankruptcy application. The maximum penalty for non-payment is 90-days imprisonment.

Cllr Alan Smith, Leader of the Council, said: "Many people think this is a victimless crime, but it isn't. For every penny not paid is less money to be spent on essential services which we all receive. It also means that those who do pay end up paying a little bit more than they have to, to make up the shortfall. We'll obviously help those who for whatever reason struggle to pay. However, we won't allow people to refuse to pay what is owed."

The Council collects the tax to help pay for the services it provides as well as on behalf of Cumbria County Council, the Police, and local town and parish councils. Some 10% of the tax goes to Allerdale Borough Council and it accounts for 40% of its revenue income.

In 2015/16 the Council collected some 97.8% of the council tax that was due.

Those identified as not having paid their council tax come from locations all over the borough.

Anyone facing trouble with paying their council tax should contact the Council as soon as possible. It can arrange a payment scheme or give advice on cutting their bill with the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

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