Debt recovery for non-payment of council tax

By on 22/01/2011 in FOI/Data

Figures for the total number of accounts that have been referred to bailiffs.

NB some residents may have debts on more than one account and therefore the figures quoted below would exceed the number of actual residents affected.

  • Financial Year: 1 April 2007-31 March 2008
    Number of accounts referred: 56,357 
  • Financial Year: 1 April 2008-31 March 2009  
    Number of accounts referred: 50,954 
  • Financial Year: 1 April 2009-31 March 2010 
    Number of accounts referred: 61,490

The majority of Birmingham citizens pay their Council Tax accounts in full and within the prescribed timescales.

Birmingham City Council however is conscious of the need to protect the public purse so as not to place undue pressure on any of our citizens. We are also acutely aware of the competing priorities families are facing within this challenging period and therefore Revenue Officers are available to discuss various ways, means and amounts of Council Tax that can comfortably be credited to their accounts.

It is only when all avenues for the recovery of debt have been exhausted that the account is referred to the Magistrates Court to grant a Liability Order. This is done within Regulation 34 Council Tax (Administration & Enforcement) Regulations 1992 (Statutory Instrument 1992/613 as amended). 

Even at this stage Revenue Officers attend court to try and obtain a payment arrangement in order to prevent the need for a subsequent referral to the bailiff.

 It is only once a Liability Order is granted and a requisite letter is issued, giving a further 14 days in order to contact the Revenues Office that the account goes to the bailiff.

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