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Steps we can take when Council Tax isn't paid

Your Council Tax helps to pay for local services, including social care.


If you don't let us know that you're finding it hard to pay your Council Tax, you may incur further costs and charges which will have to be paid.

We want to help you pay your Council Tax, and we may be able to come to a payment arrangement that you can afford. 

If you miss a payment, we'll send you either a reminder notice or a final notice.

If you fall behind with your payments, or are paying later than the dates shown on your bill, we'll send a reminder notice giving you seven days to bring your account up to date.

If you bring your account up to date and fall behind again, we'll send you a second reminder notice.

If you do not bring your account up to date or you fall behind a third time, you'll lose your right to pay by instalments - you'll have to pay the full amount.

If the amount you owe has changed since your last reminder notice, you'll receive a final notice.

If the full year’s Council Tax has become due and you do not pay within 14 days we'll send you a summons to appear in court - costs will be added to your account at this point.

If a Summons is issued and you fail to pay the full balance (plus costs) before the court hearing date, we'll apply for a Liability Order and more costs will be added to your account. 

A Liability Order allows us to take various actions to recover the money that is owed, which incudes:

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