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Uttlesford gets tough on Council Tax collection

Uttlesford District Council will be getting tough on Council Tax debtors who fail to respond to requests for information.

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As part of a new crackdown the council will be focussing on people who have been taken to court for failing to pay their Council Tax.

Individuals who have a liability order awarded at court against them will be asked to provide details of their employer or other sources of income. This must be provided to the council within 14 days.

Failure to provide the information will result in a fine of up to £500 and any person who knowingly supplies false information could end up facing a fine of up £1,000 on conviction as well as legal costs.

Cllr Howard Rolfe, Leader of the Council, said: "Uttlesford has one of the highest Council tax collection rates in the country and the majority of payers will be unaffected by this tougher approach to recovery of debts. The only people with anything to worry about are those who fail to engage with the council when asked for information.

"We are committed to providing the best service to our residents and this is another tool that will allow us to protect the public purse.

"The council's collection of Council Tax on behalf of several organisations is a very important role in the running of not just the district, but also the wider Essex community, and helps to pay for vital public services."

Full details regarding the information request form and fines can be found on the council's website at www.uttlesford.gov.uk.

If you are in arrears with your Council Tax or have concerns about the fines, please contact the Council Tax Recovery Team at recovery@uttlesford.gov.uk or 01799 510510.

15 August 2017