Council Tax/housing benefit overpayment (offer of repayment) and information request

If a liability order has been granted at a Magistrates Court in respect of unpaid Council Tax, this now means we can take formal recovery action to recover the amount owed. Remedies include:

  • An attachment to earnings
  • An attachment to benefits
  • Sending a debt to an Enforcement Agent
  • Obtaining a Charging Order against the property
  • Applying for a Bankruptcy Order
  • Committal to Prison

Under Regulation 36 of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 the council requires certain information to determine the most appropriate action to recover the amount owed.

You have therefore been asked to complete an Information Request form to enable us to make this decision. Please carefully read the following information before proceeding to the form.

It is a criminal offence to refuse to supply information or knowingly or recklessly supply false information. Action may be taken against you if this is found to be the case.

  • You will have the opportunity to make an offer of repayment to clear the amount owed.
  • Current year debt only? - Your offer should ensure the balance is repaid within this financial year (April to March).
  • Arrears debt? (previous years) - It may be possible for the arrangement to be paid over a longer period, at our discretion. However, the current year debt needs to be paid within the financial year.
  • Full employment details, of all persons liable for the council tax, must be provided. Without this information a repayment arrangement will not be considered, and recovery action will continue.
  • If a repayment arrangement is agreed, but the agreed payments are not made, the arrangement will be cancelled, and recovery action will continue.
  • Unless you have received confirmation that the arrangement has been agreed by letter or email, further recovery action will continue.
  • An attachment to earnings will be set up if this is the most effective form of recovery. To see how much could be deducted from your earnings please view Schedule 4 document.

If you are requesting a payment plan to repay your overpaid housing benefit, you need to complete this form in order for this to be considered. Please note that if you do not complete the form recovery action will continue.

If a repayment arrangement is agreed but the agreed payments are not made, the arrangement will be cancelled and recovery action will continue. This may include setting up an attachment to your earnings or benefit, without further notice to you. To see how much could be deducted from your earnings please view Schedule 2 document.

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