Council tax debts can be built up overtime and given the economic impact of coronavirus, it is likely that many families are behind on their obligations. Indeed, official figures have revealed that £3.6billion in council tax arrears were built up before the current pandemic even began.
“Meanwhile, concerns over the end of a similar ban on bailiff visits in England and Wales – which is still set to expire this Sunday – remain unaddressed.
“There is a real risk of a surge in bailiff action relating to council tax and other debts over the coming months, which poses both financial and public health risks.
“The government either needs to extend its ban on bailiff visits, or otherwise put in place urgent guidance to ensure people struggling with problem debt are protected from harm.”
It should be noted that where council tax arrears are due, it may be possible to spread repayments over the course of 12 months instead of the usual 10 to reduce the burden.
Universal Credit claimants may be able to pay less in council tax, with the specifics depending on their circumstances and where they live.
The government detail that if claimants are eligible, their council tax bills could be reduced by up to 100 percent.
These discounts can be applied for regardless of whether the claimant owns their home, is renting, is unemployed or is working.
Further guidance and support on council tax can be sought from the government’s website along with other institutions such as the Money Advice Service and Citizens Advice.