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council tax- automatic summons

Comment 10th July 2010

Stop the policy of automatic summons for those who get a month or two behind with council tax payments. Most of us are doing our best to pay under difficult financial circumstances, yet we are treated like criminals.Councils can see from their records those who are trying to pay and those who are persistant non-payers. Court costs just make a difficult problem worse. My council tells me that they have to issue a summons as it a government directive. Council Tax is collected in advance, so payment shouldn't be deemed in arrears until that collection year is up.

  It would be fairer to abolish council tax( which is really a property tax) and just tax everyone individually.

Why does this matter?

This policy assumes dishonesty on our part, treats honest ,hard-working but not well-off people as criminals. This view must change.

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