Council Tax Recovery Publicity

The Council is obliged by law to collect and recover the Council tax as quickly and efficiently as possible which is in the interests of all tax payers.

As such, the Council starts the recovery process for unpaid Council Tax in May each year and will issue reminders and final notices to residents as required.

Once a final notice has been issued, the right to pay by instalments is lost and the full amount becomes due. If full payment is not received within 14 days, the Council will issue summonses for non-payment.

Whilst we understand that for some residents who have not paid Council Tax previously, this is an additional bill you face, we would encourage you to contact us to make an arrangement to pay and are flexible with weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment dates.

However for those residents who do not pay their Council Tax and do not contact us to make an arrangement, summonses will be issued and once court action has commenced, legal fees will be incurred.

Once court costs and bailiff fees have been incurred, they will not be waived as they are legally due and payable.

Further enforcement will follow including The Taking Control of Goods, attachment to earnings, attachment to benefit, bankruptcy and potentially committal to prison.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please seek independent financial advice from CAB, National Debtline or Consumer Credit agency.

Do not ignore these recovery notices and we would urge you to contact the Council as soon as possible to avoid recovery action.