What happens if you don't pay your billPay council tax
We are only required to send you one reminder notice in a financial year. If you pay late again you may be sent a final notice and lose your right to pay by instalments.
If you receive a final notice you must pay the full amount. If you are unable to pay in full you must contact us straight away so we can help you.
If you don't pay or contact us, we will issue a court summons.
If you get a court summons for non payment, £95 of court costs will be added to your bill. You can pay in full to stop a Liability Order being granted.
You do not have to go to the Court unless you think the bill is not yours to pay.
After the court hearing, you will be sent a liability order notice together with a financial statement which you must complete and return by law. Generally you will be offered an arrangement and a letter will be sent to confirm this. Where an arrangement is not deemed appropriate an attachment of benefit or earnings will be set up.
Enforcement fees - Debt Collectors (Bailiffs)
Arrangement after Liability Order has been granted at Court
An arrangement may also be made after a liability order has been granted, subject to specific requirements. You must contact us within 7 days of court hearing.
Only standard arrangements will be approved. These are instalments either greater than the value of attachment of earnings or which clear the debt within the current tax year and where the debtor has not defaulted on previous arrangement.
No arrangement will be made without first obtaining the debtors employment and benefit details.
If no payment arrangement has been agreed after liability order has been granted then the debt will be passed to the Councils external enforcement agent (Marston) after 7 days.
Marston will make contact to discuss your circumstances within 14 days from the date of the letter. No charge will apply at this stage. After 14 days, if you haven't made contact further enforcement action will be taken. This could mean an Enforcement Agent will visit you and fees will be charged in addition to the amount you owe.
- Compliance stage £75
- Enforcement stage (debt is less than or equal to £1500) £235
- Enforcement stage (debt is more than £1500) £235 + 7.5% of the debt value above £1500
What happens if you don't pay your bill