What happens if I don’t pay?
The council tax (administration and enforcement) regulations 1992 (SI 1992/613 as amended), state that we may include additional costs reasonably incurred. For more information about this legislation and other legislation relating to Council Tax please visit the legislation.gov.uk website
For an explanation of how we calculate the summons cost, please view the summons cost spread sheet in the related documents section of this page.
The figure is determined by a realistic estimate of the work dedicated to the application of a liability order, the calculation of this can be viewed on the Summons Cost spread sheet in the document downloads section of this page. North Lincolnshire Council also makes comparisons with other local councils and the national average to confirm that the councils resulting costs are reasonable with regards to the level of summons costs applied by other authorities.
In June 2013, the department of communities and local government published ‘guidance to local councils on good practice in the collection of council tax arrears’. This guidance states that ‘in the interests of transparency, local authorities should be able to provide a breakdown, on request, showing how these costs are calculated’. In accordance with this we have provided an annual breakdown of how our summons costs are calculated in the related documents section of this page.
The calculation is based on activity levels of work undertaken to collect the tax, a review of costs is undertaken regularly and if any change to the level of costs is required then a report is submitted to elected members of the Council with the recommended changes to the level of costs”
Please note that if you are on a low income you may be entitled to help paying your Council Tax bill. You could be entitled to help from the Council Tax Support Scheme.
Having enough money to pay your bills can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. If you are finding it hard to pay your account we can help you, call us as soon as possible on 0300 303 0164 and we will work with you to come up with a payment plan.
Our Officers will never judge you or make you feel bad about your situation. We will always be happy to talk to you about your account and will work with you to find ways to manage your account even if you think you have no spare money to offer against your debt.
By dealing with your debt it will help you to feel less stressed and anxious and more in control.
Struggling with money and poor mental wellbeing is often linked. Feeling low can make managing money tough and worrying about it can make you feel even worse. When speaking to us if you are feeling very low or suicidal our Officers may suggest referring you to the Samaritans. We have a referral system in place to ensure that you can get the help and support that you need. You can talk to the Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever is affecting you.
2018-19 Summons/Court Costs Calculation [PDF, 24Kb]
The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 held at the Legislation.gov website