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Council Tax Arrears

Requested on
Tue 7th May, 2013
Reference
FOI 2969
Resolution
Information provided

Question

a) How many households were in arrears for their council tax for the first month of this new financial year?


b) What was the corresponding figure last year?

c) Of the households in arrears how many are either paying i) council tax for the first time or ii) paying increased tax due to changes to the council tax benefit system. If possible, please segment out the two numbers.

d) For the households in arrears, against how many have you launched legal action, e.g. a summons?

Answer

a)   How many households were in arrears for their council tax for the first month of this new financial year?
6,686 reminder notices were issued in respect of outstanding Council Tax in April 2013.

b)  What was the corresponding figure last year?
4,130 reminder notices were issued in respect of outstanding Council Tax in April 2012.

Please note that the figures shown above at a) and b) include a small number of reminder notices which relate to years prior to the year in which the reminder was produced. However for comparison purposes the figures give an accurate reflection of the increase in potential arrears.

c) Of the households in arrears how many are either paying i) council tax for the first time or ii) paying increased tax due to changes to the council tax benefit system. If possible, please segment out the two numbers.
i) 2,131
ii) Information not held

d) For the households in arrears, against how many have you launched legal action, e.g. a summons?"
No summonses have yet been issued in respect of 2013/14 Council Tax.

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