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Council tax debts soar 40% in six years


 
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Angela Wales



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:32 am    Post subject:
Council tax debts soar 40% in six years
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Council tax debts have soared by nearly 40% in six years, Guardian research has found, with charities warning these arrears now rival credit card debts as their biggest concern.

Amid warnings that “heavy-handed” collection tactics are putting severe pressure on those already in financial difficulty, households face a fourth consecutive year of above-inflation council tax rises as local authorities attempt to recoup money cut from their budgets by central government. The annual band D bill will rise by an average of £75.60.

Guardian analysis of government figures found the total amount of council tax arrears across England and Wales in the 2017-18 financial year was £944m, 37% higher than in 2012-13, when it was £691m.

The total council tax debt in 2017-18 was £3bn, an increase of 27% on 2012-13, when it was just under £2.4bn.


https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/apr/12/council-tax-debts-soar-in-six-years-charities-warning-arrears
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:05 pm    Post subject:
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really wish that the press would stop using the average band D it is very misleading. So few areas of the country can claim that the 'average band D' applies. In Manchester 132,040 homes fall into band A; just 9,080 fall into band D. In Hampshire Hart District Council has 710 properties in Band A and 8,780 in band D
My council tax for a single person living alone is £1,544 pa. No it is not a palace, just a small sixties bungalow which could depending on its location fall into any band between A and H. How can that be fair?

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