Search

Town hall bosses in Barking and Dagenham demand council tax arrears stretching back 13 years

PUBLISHED: 09:22 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:15 07 November 2017

The council have been accused of 'seeing who they can squeeze'.

The council have been accused of 'seeing who they can squeeze'.

Archant

Town hall bosses have been accused of ‘seeing who they can squeeze’ by sending out demands for council tax arrears stretching back as much as 13 years.

Angry residents claim in some cases they are being threatened with a visit from a bailiff unless they settle their debts in a little over a week.

The Post has seen bills the council has recently sent out including one for arrears accrued in 2004 by Christopher Jones.

The law states liability orders must be issued within six years of the date on which they are due.

The demands sent out by the council claim liability orders were issued at the time - but some residents who have not been contacted for years dispute whether the town hall ever told them money was owed.

Christopher, who owes £700, said he is “disgusted”.

Some residents suspect the council, because of a lack of funding, is trying to recoup money by finding payments it failed to collect years ago.

Paul Lambert, who has been billed after failing to pay four years ago, said they are “seeing who they can squeeze for an extra quid or two.”

“My main concern is about the people that are already struggling,” he said.

A resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, who owes money from 2009 and 2010, said: “It is going to be difficult to find the money in time.”

A council spokesman said the town hall was “within its right to chase and collect money owed providing 
the bill was issued within the six-year period and a liability order obtained in court may take enforcement action”.

He added: “All cases we send to enforcement agents have been billed within this time period and a liability order obtained in court.

“Barking and Dagenham adhered strictly to the legislation which governs the billing and collection of council tax and all customers will have received multiple notifications of any debts that have not been paid.

“The council has an obligation to continue recovering unpaid council tax and ensures in all cases residents are fully aware of their unpaid debts referring cases to enforcement agents.”

2 comments

  • Happened to my parents who have lived in Barking and Dagenham all their life never missed a payment to be now told owe money back to 2009 Not a particular great bit of news for a 75 & 78 year old owing thousands!!!

    Report this comment

    lynnf1975

    Friday, November 17, 2017

  • Happened to my parents who have lived in Barking and Dagenham all their life never missed a payment to be now told owe money back to 2009 Not a particular great bit of news for a 75 & 78 year old owing thousands!!!

    Report this comment

    lynnf1975

    Friday, November 17, 2017

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Latest Barking and Dagenham News Stories

A “sadistic predator” has been jailed for life with a minimum of nine years for stabbing a City worker in the head and leaving her for dead just yards from her Dagenham home.

16:13

The MP for Barking has warned that public confidence in the police has plummeted after a major shake-up to the force’s command.

Detectives investigating the murder of a Barking man who was beaten to death in Ilford have made a further arrest.

A 17-year-old charged with terrorism offences is set to appear in court today.

11:05

Father Christmas and his reindeer helpers flew to Dagenham for a severely ill teenager’s special festive surprise.

A teenager from Dagenham who supported her family after two relatives died has been honoured with an award.

A jury has been sent out to consider verdicts in the trial of three Pentonville inmates, including one from Barking, accused of murdering a fellow prisoner.

07:42

The Festival of Everyone is coming to Barking and Dagenham this Saturday with a full programme of events as part of Participatory City’s £6.4 million investment into Barking and Dagenham.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now