Reminders and court summons
Council Tax payments are due in monthly instalments. If payments are not kept up, recovery action will start.
Throughout the year if your Council Tax bill is not paid you will receive 3 reminders:
- 2 reminders
- 1 final reminder
Once you have received a final reminder you need to get in contact with us to make arrange arrangements to pay your bill.
If payments are still not made a summons will be issued and costs will be added to the account following a liability order through the magistrates court.
If the total Council Tax outstanding, including the additional charge shown on the court summons, is paid before the court hearing date, then there will be no further action.
Make an arrangement
If you cannot pay the full amount asked on the summons you can set up a special arrangement.
If you require further information:
If a payment arrangement is not made and the full amount is not paid the magistrates courts will issue a liability order allowing the full amount to be recovered which can include extra costs and the use of enforcement agents.
Enforcement agents or bailiffs are instructed to collect the debt outstanding where a liability order has been obtained through the magistrates court and all other efforts to collect the debt have failed.
Having trouble paying your bill
Anyone having difficulty paying their bill should contact us before the matter reaches the enforcement agent stage. Use of enforcement agents is a last resort and we always encourage payers to contact the council to discuss payment.