Council tax may rise by £2,000 – but how can people pay?

Potential council tax rises could constitute the straw that breaks the camel’s back for UK residents struggling with the cost of living.

Here’s the team on Good Morning Britain, discussing whether people will end up living in prison – rather than their homes – serving sentences for non-payment:

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4 thoughts on “Council tax may rise by £2,000 – but how can people pay?

  1. 6033624

    I didn’t realise that it was still the case that people in England could be jailed for debt. I don’t know the status of this elsewhere but it’s not the case in Scotland. There the options are – Summary Warrant, Small Claims or Ordinary Cause. The 2nd and 3rd produce judgements that would damage credit ratings and all can result in attachments of goods or bank accounts.

    It seems rather medieval to have ‘debtors prisons’ in this day and age..

  2. Si B

    You can only be jailed for non-payment of council tax if you are deemed to have shown “willful refusal” or “culpable neglect” in not paying. You can’t be jailed simply for being in arrears if you are making any kind of an effort to pay the debt off. With that in mind, if,say, 50000 people all draft an email to their council in which it is explicitly stated that they willfully refuse to pay and that they understand the consequences of this under the Local Government Finance Act 1992, the government would be forced to make significant changes.

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