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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:44 pm    Post subject:
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Citizens Advice has responded to Chris Daw QC’s report (published by the SMF) on scrapping imprisonment for council tax arrears in England.

The national charity’s research published in April 2019 shows aggressive collection added half a billion pounds in fees to people’s council tax debts in 2016/17.

Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:

“Outdated regulations push local authorities to collect council tax arrears aggressively.

“Threatening imprisonment, or sending people to prison in England, undermines efforts to make debt collection less punitive. The same regulations also mean after one missed monthly payment, people can become liable for their full year’s bill, pushing people into further debt.

“The government needs to fundamentally reform the regulations governing how local authorities collect debts to give councils more flexibility to help people get their finances back on track.“


https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-citizens-advice-works/media/press-releases/prison-threat-undermines-efforts-to-make-debt-collection-less-punitive-says-citizens-advice/
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:18 pm    Post subject:
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undreds jailed for unpaid council tax

England remains the only part of the UK where individuals can be sent to prison for not paying local tax bills.

https://www.ft.com/content/d1ef81ea-da25-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:57 pm    Post subject:
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Imprisonment for non payment has been stopped in Wales. Only England continues with this Draconian 'punishment' and 'criminalisation' of debtors. It is shameful.

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