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Council Tax – A Christmas Reminder From the CAB

Published on: 18 Dec, 2014
Updated on: 18 Dec, 2014

WHEN the Christmas costs kick in it might be tempting to delay your monthly council tax payment, but don’t.

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) points out that council tax must be paid every month, it can’t be put off like a payment on a credit card.

CAB 1If you miss a payment the council will send you a reminder and the payment must be made within seven days. If you don’t make the payment after a further seven days, the full amount of council tax for the rest of the year becomes due. If you still don’t pay, the council can apply to court for a liability order and it doesn’t have to remind you again.

Christine Parrott, the social policy and impact manager at Guildford CAB, said: “If you are having problems with your finances and are worried, don’t ignore the issue. You should inform the council if you can’t pay your council tax, and if you need further advice regarding debt, contact the CAB.”

The CAB also points out that if you’re late with three council tax payments during the year the whole sum for the year becomes payable. The council doesn’t have to send you another reminder and can take you to court immediately. Costs will be added to your bill if the council has to apply to the court.

Guildford Citizens Advice Bureau can be contacted on 01483 576699, and Ash Citizens Advice Bureau on 01252 315569. See their websites for more details: or

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Responses to Council Tax – A Christmas Reminder From the CAB

  1. Bernard Parke Reply

    December 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    It is interesting to read in the national press that council tax will be frozen for the fifth year running, and in doing so saving the average household £1000.

    However, we in Surrey have not experienced any such saving in past years and perhaps also in the coming year, for Surrey County Council has increased council tax each year regardless.

    Perhaps, this year may be different: early next year is election year.

  2. Mary Bedforth Reply

    December 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    How will these latest “Koalition Kutz” affect the services that are provided by GBC?

    Minister outlines funding ‘cut of 1.8%’ for English councils

    The headline is misleading. 1.8% is the average.

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