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Up to 30% of residents issued Court Summons over unpaid Council tax

A report has revealed that up to 31% of residents across certain regions have been Summoned to Court because of unpaid council tax.

The highest region, according to the report is Middleborough  with a rate of 31% of residents receiving the Summons.

The report revealed the approximately £164m had been reclaimed by bailiffs, with Haringey Council reportedly using bailiffs most efficiently with a total reclaim of £14.9m.

The report used Freedom of Information requests from 243 councils across England and Wales in order to get a picture of how Coronavirus had affected council tax payments.

The average across the country sits at just over 11% of households receiving summons to court.

The data suggests that there was already a problem before the Coronavirus pandemic but the economic circumstances the country finds itself in have significantly affected people’s ability to pay.

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