English Council Tax arrears now top £2.8 billion

By | June 30, 2017

arrearsLatest government figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, published on 28 June 2017, show that Council Tax arrears for England  now top £2.8 billion.

Record Arrears

The latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that Council Tax arrears up to 01 April 2017 are now estimated to have reached over £2.8 billion. Over the last five full tax years from 01 April 2012 the total outstanding arrears have risen by £500 million, including a rise of £102 million between 01 April 2016 and 31 March 2017.

The currently outstanding arrears include nearly £2 billion which still remains uncollected in years prior to 01 April 2016 and an estimated £800 million still remains unpaid for the 2016/17 year. Approximately 10% of the outstanding amount relates to the costs charged for the court summons and the obtaining of liability orders.

Struggling with payment

Where a person is struggling with Council Tax arrears or payments  then they may be able to claim a discretionary relief to assist – see our post regarding the s13A  discretionary relief.

Assistance from LGFA92

Good quality help with your Council Tax help dispute can be hard to come across – there’s a lack of independent, expert, places where you can get the help you need however LGFA92 are here to change that. See how we can help today

Contact us today. Email us at info@lgfa92.co.uk, Call our Council Tax helpline on 0191 6451118.

This article is solely the view of LGFA92, the Council Tax experts, based on our interpretation of legislation. Your local authority is free to dispute this view. A binding decision may require the intervention of a valuation tribunal.

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