Council tax is a priority debt, which means it's important to
make this payment on time. However, that's often easier said than
done, especially if you have other debts such as payday loans,
credit cards, overdrafts etc.
So, if you need help with council tax
debt problems then Debt Support Trust can help. We're a registered
debt advice charity providing complete debt advice on a range of
debt problems, from council tax debt through to credit and store
I've not paid my council tax
If you have not paid your council tax bill then often the first
stage is for the council to involve the bailiffs. The bailiffs will
contact you via letter to request the money. If you fail to contact
the bailiff they may then visit your property.
My council tax debt is at court
If you owe the council money for council tax then they may
proceed to court if they cannot retrieve the money. At this stage
they will apply to the magistrates' court for a liability
order. You can attend the court to explain the situation, if
you wish. You will be responsible for the costs for the liability
order which is £40.
The council proceed to court to obtain the liability order
because it means they can then recover the money they are owed.
The bailiffs are involved with my council tax debt,
what can I do?
If the bailiffs are already involved with your council tax debt
then you can seek help from Debt Support Trust. One of our reliable
debt advisors will discuss your case and provide tailored
Bailiffs will contact you first before proceeding to court. The
bailiff will want you to pay a reasonable sum of money towards the
debt each month. You can negotiate with the bailiff to make a
payment plan. Failure to maintain the payment plan will mean the
bailiff will be back in touch.
Other ways council tax debt can be
Council tax debt can also be recovered via a number of other
methods. One route which is often used is via an attachment of
earnings. This is where the council arrange to take the money owed
directly from your salary. An attachment of benefit would see the
money taken directly from your benefits.
The council can also place charging orders against your property
or even make you bankrupt if the debt is large enough. In extreme
circumstances you can be sent to prison.
Are you getting discounts off your council tax
Your council tax bill can be reduced depending if you qualify
for one of the reductions. These discounts off your council tax
- Single person's discount: You can get 25% off the cost of your
council tax bill if only one person lives in the property over the
age of 18.
- If your property has been adapted because of a disability you
may be entitled to a discount.
- If you are part of a Government transitional reduction
Help With Council Tax Debts
For confidential help with council tax debts you should speak to
Debt Support Trust on 0800 085 0226. Our advice is
available via the telephone and internet from 8am -7pm Monday to
If you have other debt too then you can complete our online debt
analyser and receive immediate help 24/7.