When a Liability Order has been obtained, you will receive a notice informing a Liability Order has been granted. For Business Rates the letter will request you arrange payment within 7 days. For Council Tax the letter will request you arrange payment within 14 days. On the reverse of the Council Tax letter is a form requesting details of your income and that of your partner. You must complete and return this form within 14 days from the date of issue. It is an offence not to complete and return the form and you may be fined by the Magistrates for failing to do so.
If you are unable to make payment in full we can still help in most cases by making a payment arrangement with you. To set up a payment plan please login or register for an online account by clicking on the green tab above.
Alternatively, to discuss payment please contact Customer Services on 01925 443322.
Once granted a liability order gives the council powers to enforce payment of the money that is owed. These powers include:
- Requesting income details
- Make an Attachment to your Earnings
- Make an Attachment to your Benefits such as Universal Credit
- Instruct Enforcement Agents
- Apply for a charging order on your property. This means we could force its sale to pay your Council Tax arrears, or the arrears will be paid out of the proceeds of any future sale. If the charging order is granted, you will have to pay additional fees
- Applying to make you bankrupt. Once the process has started you will have to pay additional fees which may be more than the original debt owed.
- Apply to the magistrates for your committal to prison but only after an Enforcement Agent has attempted to recover the outstanding amount first.
- The Council can take any of these actions in order to enforce payment
Attachment to your earnings
If you are in employment, we can ask your employer to deduct a certain amount of money each month from your wages before you receive them. The exact amount will be in accordance with a scale of deductions set by the government. The more you earn, the higher the deduction. Your employer can also deduct a charge covering their administrative costs in making the deductions. For further details see our 'Attachment of Earnings (The Law) guide'.