A Liability Order from the court grants us permission to collect money from you using a range of methods.
A letter will be sent to you to confirm the Liability Order and advise what action that may be taken to recover the outstanding council tax. Enclosed with the letter is a Financial Statement which you are required to complete and return to us.
Once the completed form is returned to us we can assess your income and outgoings and make an arrangement with you to clear your council tax debt based on your personal circumstances.
Failure to follow and cooperate with this process will result in the council taking one of the following methods of recovery to collect the outstanding debt:
Your account may be passed to an Enforcement Agent (EA) company. Once your account has been passed to EAs, you will incur further EA costs and will need to contact the EA directly to arrange a payment plan to avoid EAs visiting your property with the intention of removing your belongings for sale at auction to clear your outstanding council tax.
Attachment of earnings
An order may be sent to your employer to make deductions directly from your wages to pay your council tax. The amount deducted is a percentage of your daily / weekly / monthly wages and differs depending on the amount you earn. The percentages are set by Central Government.
Attachment of benefit
If you are in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credits, an attachment of benefit order may be issued to the Department for Work and Pensions requesting they make deductions from your benefits to clear the council tax balance.
Bankruptcy and liquidation
If you owe council tax of £750 or more, insolvency proceedings may be commenced against you in accordance with the Insolvency Act 1986 as amended. These proceedings may be either bankruptcy proceedings against an individual or winding up proceedings against a limited company.
If you owe council tax of £1,000 or more and own a property, the council may apply to the County Court for a charging order. Once the order is granted the council will be able to enforce the sale of the property in order to clear the council tax owed.
Committal to prison
If your council tax remains outstanding after EAs have tried to recover the debt, the council may apply to the Magistrates' Court for a warrant committing you to prison. If the court determines the outstanding debt is due to wilful refusal or culpable neglect, they may commit you to prison for a maximum of three months. The court may decide to postpone the period of imprisonment on certain conditions, normally relating to payment of the debt over a period of time.