A liability order gives us powers to recover the money you owe.
The person(s) named on the liability order must supply
information to us regarding their employment and income details. It
is a criminal offence not to supply this information once
requested, or to give false information.
We can order your employer to take money from your wages or
salary. This is then sent to us to pay your debt.
Your employer must tell you each time an amount is deducted and
they can charge you for making these deductions.
It is an offence for your employer not to comply with the
- To make deductions from Income Support / Job Seekers
We can ask the Benefit Agency to take money from your Income
Support or Job Seekers Allowance. This is sent to us to pay your
We can apply to the County Court for a legal charge to be put on
your property for the amount due. We will automatically receive the
money, plus costs, when the property is sold.
We can start these proceedings against you through the County
- Distress (removal of goods to pay a debt).
We employ bailiffs to collect the debt. More costs will be added
to your debt. In some circumstances your goods may be removed and
- Bailiffs (Civil Enforcement Agents)
Bailiffs are authorised with a certificate from the County
Court. They are instructed to collect both Council Tax and Business
Rates by the Council and act under a formal code of conduct. They
make visits to properties to collect the unpaid Council Tax or
Business Rates.They can accept payments in a wide range of forms
including cash, bankers draft, credit cards etc. Where they do not
receive payment they can remove goods which can be sold at
They can in certain circumstances take possession of goods but
leave them on the premises while an arrangement is agreed and
The Council instructs a company called Bristow & Sutor who
can be contacted as follows:
|Bristow & Sutor
|Telephone: 0871 677 0070
Fax: 0871 677 0072
Text Message: 07781 488270
Unlike almost every other debt, you can be sent to prison for up
to three months for not paying your council tax. Even if you have
other debts where you are being pressed for payment, it is vital
that you make payment of your council tax a priority.
If you have problems paying your council tax please contact us - we may be able to make a special
arrangement with you.
You may be entitled to benefits - why not try our benefit
calculator, visit our benefit web
pages or contact our benefit section
to see if there is anything you can claim.