council tax

Boris urged to help the half a million Londoners with problem debt

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is being urged to use his high public profile to help the half a million Londoners with problem debt obtain the right advice to help them get out of trouble. A report from the London Assembly’s economy committee says his backing for a money advice week could help reduce the stigma of problem debt. The committee’s chair, Jenny Jones, says: ‘We were particularly concerned to hear of the im
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Council mulls setting up debt collection agency

I was intrigued to read that a northern council is mulling over the idea of setting up an in-house debt collection agency to chase outstanding council tax. The council involved is Redcar and Cleveland and the plans, while at an early stage, will be discussed by councillors before the financial year ends. The story was broken by the Northern Echo, after the newspaper received a letter from a whistleblower who was conc
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A bad press for councils – and bailiffs – is undeserved

Local authorities get a bad press these days and the latest example was the news last week that councils had referred 1.8 million debts to bailiffs in the last 12 months. The figures were gathered using Freedom of Information requests to all 374 local authorities in England and Wales by the Money Advice Trust, a charity formed in 1991 to help people ‘tackle their debts and manage their money wisely’. The trust said t
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