A charity that offers free advice to people in Scotland struggling with debt says nearly half of its clients are now in arrears with council tax. StepChange Debt says that the average amount of money clients had left over after meeting housing costs, paying to heat their homes and paying council tax was just £12.64 a month. Locally, 37 per cent of the charity’s clients who live in the Falkirk East constituency are in arrears and 40 per cent in Falkirk West. The charity now estimates nearly 700,00 people in Scotland are at risk of or in problem debt. Just over 60 per cent of its clients are in debt due to circumstances changing in a way they didn’t foresee, such as ill-health, reduction in wages, sudden changes to welfare payments or unemployment. Sharon Bell, Head of StepChange Debt Charity Scotland said: “The vast majority of StepChange clients are in problem debt due to circumstances they could not have prevented or planned for such as unemployment, … [Read more...] about Debts soar and council tax arrears rise, warn charities
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PUBLISHED: 05:30 23 March 2019 Jason Noble Local Democracy Reporter West Suffolk House in Bury St Edmunds will continue to host council meetings and committees. Picture: PHIL MORLEY Archant With the new West Suffolk Council just days away from hitting the ground running, Local Democracy Reporter Jason Noble finds out what the changes mean on a practical level for homes in the west of the county. No changes to bin collections have been planned as part of the new council in West Suffolk. Picture: GREGG BROWNFrom April 1, St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils will cease to exist after more than four decades and the new West Suffolk Council will be formed.While the new council won’t formally sit until May once the elections have been completed, day-to-day business will continue, and therefore raises the question of what, if anything, will change for homes in the west of the county.Here then is a practical guide for what you need to know, with … [Read more...] about Bin collections, paying council tax, planning permission – what you need to know about the new West Suffolk Council
The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel has vetoed an increase of over 10 per cent in council tax for policing put forward by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan. The panel decided that it needed more detail to arrive at a balanced decision. The panel felt there was a lack of assurance about where the extra money would be spent, particularly in relation to aspects of local policing. It expressed concern that levels of neighbourhood policing have declined in recent times with a corresponding decline in public confidence.It's a fresh blow for embattled police commissioner Julia Mulligan who has recently faced allegations of bullying from former staff. Members were especially disappointed that the Commissioner and police officers gave a presentation to the panel today with new information so that there was little time to take on board the issues and hold the Commissioner to account. The panel stated it would also welcome more detail about how savings can … [Read more...] about Rejected: North Yorks police boss’s council tax rise
DuPage Airport Authority tenants owing thousands of dollars in overdue property taxes still haven't ponied up. Will the county ever make them pay? Coupon clipping can save you a few dollars on a product, but you might have to pay full freight on the sales tax. And a suburban legislator wants to crack down on municipal conference spending.These updates, plus an answer to a reader's question, are the topics of this week's column.Delinquent tenant taxes Tenants at the DuPage Airport Authority that owe hundreds of thousands in back property taxes still haven't paid up.That's according to DuPage County Treasurer Gwen Henry, who said her office and airport leaders are working together to ensure the airport's tenants pay their tax bills in the future. The airport is owned by the county and overseen by DuPage County Board appointees.A Daily Herald investigation in November uncovered the issue when airport-owned properties showed up on the treasurer's annual report that lists properties … [Read more...] about Will DuPage Airport tenants have to pay back taxes?
Figures revealed by a freedom of information request show that the use of bailiffs to collect council owed cash is on the rise. Last year Magistrates Courts in England and Wales granted over 3.5 million Council Tax Liability Orders to local authorities giving them the right to take legal action, including the use of bailiffs (Enforcement Agents) to collect unpaid tax. With local councils under increasing financial pressure, and with forthcoming changes to the welfare system, this number is set to rise, as they crack down on collecting unpaid Council Tax in order to raise much needed funds.Council issued liability orders rose last in Aylesbury Vale from 4461 in 2015/16 to 4917 in 2017/18. That works out as 13 every day, on average.There has also been a massive rise in bailiffs and enforcement agencies being used to collect council owed cash over the last two years. In 2016/17 bailiffs were used 1882 times, but last year, 2017/18 bailiffs were required to collect money owed 2137 times. … [Read more...] about Rise in people not paying their council tax across Aylesbury Vale