Problems paying your Council Tax

Liability orders

A liability order is granted by the magistrates to give us more powers to help recover outstanding Council Tax.

A liability order allows us to take any of the following actions if you don't pay your Council Tax, we can:

  • Use enforcement agents who may take your goods to sell to cover the amount you owe
  • Demand information about your job or benefits
  • Take money from your wages
  • Take money from certain state benefits
  • Take money from your allowance if you're an elected member of a council
  • Ask for a 'charging order' to be made against your property
  • Start bankruptcy proceedings against you
  • Apply for you to be sent to prison

Some of these recovery actions may increase the amount you owe by adding costs, to avoid these additional costs you should make arrangements with us to pay.