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Problems paying your Council Tax

3. Summons and court hearing

If you do not pay after a reminder or final notice, or don't contact us to discuss payment, a summons may be sent to you. You’ll be summoned to court to explain why the Council Tax hasn’t been paid. Costs will be added to the unpaid Council Tax bill.

You can avoid attending court, if you:

  • pay the full amount shown on the summons, including court costs, before the date of the hearing
  • contact us before the court hearing to arrange a payment plan covering what you owe (we will still obtain a liability order if you can’t pay in full before the hearing)

At the hearing we’ll ask the magistrates to issue a liability order. A liability order gives the council more powers to help collect the money you owe. 

You don’t have to go to the hearing if you have already contacted us and agreed to pay following the issue of the summons. 

The court is also not able to deal with any questions about your ability to pay, your liability, benefits, discounts or exemptions you may feel you should be entitled to. 

If you have any query on these matters you should contact us urgently before the court hearing date. 

Page last updated: 13 May 2019
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