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Council Tax - Having difficulty paying Council Tax?
If you can't pay your Council Tax by the date shown on your bill, or are having difficulty making payments please contact us straight away on 0191 278 7878 and ask for Council Tax.
You may be entitled to a discount, exemption or Council Tax Reduction which may help to reduce the amount you have to pay.
Council Tax Reduction
Help may be available to help you meet the cost of your council tax. The amount of help you could receive is based mainly on who lives with you and the total amount of money you have coming into your household. Even if you own your own home, you may still be able to receive help with your council tax.
Council Tax Reduction could help you pay your council tax if you're on a low income. Council Tax Reduction can pay for part or all of your council tax and you can apply whether you're unemployed or working.
What happens if I do not pay?
If you do not contact us or make a payment as billed, we will start recovery action against you to recover any money outstanding. If you fail to make a payment we will send you a reminder to advise you of the amount of arrears. If you bring your payments up to date within 7 days you will be able to continue paying by instalments.
If your instalments are not brought up to date the full balance on your account will become due. We will issue a court summons and apply to Newcastle Magistrates Court for a liability order to enforce payment of the debt. This will result in costs of up to £110.00 being added to your bill.
What happens after a Liability Order is granted?
The liability will allow us to recover the debt by either:
- making deductions direct from your earnings.
- making deductions direct from your benefits.
- sending your outstanding debt to an Enforcement Agent
- applying for a charging order on your property
- taking bankruptcy action
You can offer to make an arrangement for payment. We will try to ensure that you have the financial means to keep to that arrangement. This will mean that in order to help you, we may sometimes need to ask for full details of your income and outgoings.
If your debt is passed to an Enforcement Agent they can apply fixed fees which total £420.00. On receipt of your debt, fees of £75.00 will be added to your outstanding balance. If you do not make a payment the Enforcement Agent may visit your property and £235.00 will be added to your total debt. Should it be necessary for them to sell your goods you will have to pay at least a further £110.00 . These additional costs cannot be cancelled or removed after your account is sent to an Enforcement Agent.
Where can I get debt advice?
For independent debt advice you can contact Money Matters on 0191 277 1050 or Citizens Advice Newcastle on 0191 229 2750.