Council Tax Debts

You may opt to spread your payments over 12 months instead of the usual 10 to reduce the amount you’re asked to cover every invoice. Ask your council to set up this for you so you can go to the next setup of the process.


Your council may give you a one-time discount if you still can not cover what you owe.

You should also check if you are eligible for:

Your council will send you a notice giving you seven days to pay if you skip a payment. In the event you do not pay within seven days, you are going to have to pay the whole year’s council tax debts.

You’ll be sent a second reminder note if you overlook one more Council Tax money.

You’ll only get a max. of 2 notices at a fiscal year – which runs from April 1 to March 31 of the next year.

Then, Your council will send you a final note saying you have to cover the whole year’s Council Tax if you skip a payment for the third time.

In the event you don’t pay your entire year’s Council Tax within seven days, the council will take legal action to find the Council Tax you owe.

Legal needs for payment

This is a valid demand for payment. You’re allowed to go to the court and provide your reasons for not paying if you desire.

If you are given a liability order, you need to talk to a council or your local Citizens Advice agency about your alternatives.

If you still do not pay

Your council may get your employer to pay your unpaid Council Tax straight from your wages.

Your council can also apply to take cash from the following benefits:

Employment and Support Allowance

Income Support

Jobseeker’s Allowance

Pension Credit

Universal Credit

If it means you don’t have enough money to pay other bills, you can ask your council if you can make smaller payments. Your board doesn’t have to agree but will usually try to create an agreement with you.


Your council can send bailiffs to capture your property if there is no other way to recover your debt. Bailiffs will let you know how much you owe before the bailiff visits you.Click Here

The bailiffs’ costs can be added into the total money you owe the council.


Your council may take you to court if you do not pay the amount you owe and the bailiffs can’t regain enough land to cover it.

The court will consider whether you:

Can afford to cover the bill

possess a valid reason not to cover

You can be sent to jail for up to 3 weeks if the court decides you don’t have a fantastic idea never to pay your Council Tax and you refuse to do so.

If the court determines you’ve got something to repay, you might be able to generate an agreement to cover your debt with time.