Newham Council gets
tough on Council Tax dodgers
Newham Council has launched a
tough new campaign letting Council Tax dodgers know we will no
longer put up with them not paying.
The stark message: What are you looking at? If you
don't pay your Council Tax, you're looking at bankruptcy, losing
your home or even a prison sentence, is being advertised on posters
and adverts and urges residents to pay up or pay the
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, says: "While the majority of our
residents pay their Council Tax on time, a number persistently
avoid paying it, despite receiving numerous summonses, liability
orders and even bailiff action.
"While none of us enjoys paying bills, Council Tax is necessary -
it means that we all have the services that improve our lives such
as cleaner streets, staff in our schools and meals on wheels for
our elderly. Those people who do not pay put a greater burden on
those who do pay."
Since 1 April 2007, the council has taken a much more hard line
approach by making applications for warrants of arrest and
committal orders at Stratford Magistrates Court. If debtors do not
pay up at this stage, they may be sent to prison.
Tougher action against persistent non-payers has resulted in
several suspended prison sentences for individuals who were ordered
to pay arrears.
You could be next if you fail to pay your Council Tax. Pay now by
calling 020 8430 2000. You should let us know as
early as possible if you are experiencing problems