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Sharp increase in Council Tax arrears - Turn2us

Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) website (link opens in a new window)The number of people falling behind with their Council Tax has risen sharply despite Council Tax freezes across England. This is the warning from the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS).

The debt charity has seen an annual 27% increase in the number of people contacting it for help with Council Tax arrears - from 13,353 in 2010 to 16,958 in 2011. The average amount owed has also increased from £675 in 2010 to £717 in 2011.

Much of this situation has been fuelled by the worsening financial position of renters, with more of them contacting CCCS with Council Tax arrears than homeowners for the first time.  8,841 renters sought advice on Council Tax debts in 2011 compared to 6,085 in 2010. 

Delroy Corinaldi, CCCS Director of External Affairs, said: “The financial squeeze is causing more and more households to fall behind with their council tax bills, and this is a problem we expect to get worse over the coming year. 

“Council Tax is a priority debt and non-payment of it can have very serious consequences. Anyone who is struggling to keep up with their Council Tax bills should contact their council to discuss the problem, and check that they are receiving any
discounts or rebates to which they may be entitled.  If you are struggling to cope, you should also seek free advice from a debt charity like CCCS as early as possible.”

Read the Turn2us information sheet on Debt

Read the Turn2us information sheet on Council Tax Benefit

Update 5 November 2012

CCCS is now called StepChange Debt Charity (link opens in a new window)

 

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