Bailiffs scrapped and new charges in store for council tax dodgers

Bailiffs scrapped and new charges in store for council tax dodgers

Bailiffs scrapped and new charges in store for council tax dodgers

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DEBTORS in Castle Point could face hundreds of pounds in charges if caught out owing council tax.

Bailiffs are being scrapped in place of new enforcement agents as part of major changes being bought in for the way debts are collected from April 6.

Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax.

They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement.

If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235.

Pam Challis, leader of Castle Point Council, said: “The new fees are high but at least people will be aware of what they will be charged if they owe Council Tax or any other debt that has to be collected by an enforcement agent.”

Council tax dodgers are being warned not to get caught out by the increased fees and to contact the council as soon as possible to make payment arrangements.

Mrs Challis added: “If they do not do so by April 6 they will find themselves subject to the new fee structure if their case is placed in the hands of the enforcement agents.”

Residents could also face a £70 penalty if they do not make the council aware of any changes to their circumstances which could affect how much council tax they have to pay.

Mrs Challis is urging residents to check any reductions shown on their council tax bills when they arrive in March to see if it’s correct as checks will be carried out throughout the year.

For more information call First Contact on 01268 882200 or visit www.castlepoint.gov.uk

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3:15pm Mon 31 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

" Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax.

They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement.

If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. "
_______________

and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.
" Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax. They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement. If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. " _______________ and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

3:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

TowerBlockDreams says...

I'm so pleased I don't live in Castle Point, if there is one thing I have to give Southend Borough Council is they will bend over backwards in my experience with them to set up a payment plan if you get in trouble and have good reason, my advice to anyone would be if you can't pay - it wont go away, so contact your council, they may actually be surprisingly helpful, and for those of you who want to spread the cost over 12 months get in there now and set up that direct debit - three things can land you in prison with debt, Tax Man - TV License - Council Tax, make them your priority always as well as your rent :-)
I'm so pleased I don't live in Castle Point, if there is one thing I have to give Southend Borough Council is they will bend over backwards in my experience with them to set up a payment plan if you get in trouble and have good reason, my advice to anyone would be if you can't pay - it wont go away, so contact your council, they may actually be surprisingly helpful, and for those of you who want to spread the cost over 12 months get in there now and set up that direct debit - three things can land you in prison with debt, Tax Man - TV License - Council Tax, make them your priority always as well as your rent :-) TowerBlockDreams
  • Score: 12

3:36pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Basildon30 says...

TowerBlockDreams wrote:
I'm so pleased I don't live in Castle Point, if there is one thing I have to give Southend Borough Council is they will bend over backwards in my experience with them to set up a payment plan if you get in trouble and have good reason, my advice to anyone would be if you can't pay - it wont go away, so contact your council, they may actually be surprisingly helpful, and for those of you who want to spread the cost over 12 months get in there now and set up that direct debit - three things can land you in prison with debt, Tax Man - TV License - Council Tax, make them your priority always as well as your rent :-)
Castle Point does an awful lot to help it's residents pay Council Tax.
Many people bury their head in the sand and pretend these bills don't exist which is what lands them in eventual difficulty. If people are struggling or think they may struggle, as you rightly say, contact the Council, they may be able to help!
[quote][p][bold]TowerBlockDreams[/bold] wrote: I'm so pleased I don't live in Castle Point, if there is one thing I have to give Southend Borough Council is they will bend over backwards in my experience with them to set up a payment plan if you get in trouble and have good reason, my advice to anyone would be if you can't pay - it wont go away, so contact your council, they may actually be surprisingly helpful, and for those of you who want to spread the cost over 12 months get in there now and set up that direct debit - three things can land you in prison with debt, Tax Man - TV License - Council Tax, make them your priority always as well as your rent :-)[/p][/quote]Castle Point does an awful lot to help it's residents pay Council Tax. Many people bury their head in the sand and pretend these bills don't exist which is what lands them in eventual difficulty. If people are struggling or think they may struggle, as you rightly say, contact the Council, they may be able to help! Basildon30
  • Score: 11

3:37pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Basildon30 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
" Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax.

They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement.

If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. "
_______________

and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.
Someone didn't read bailiff's are being scrapped!
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: " Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax. They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement. If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. " _______________ and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.[/p][/quote]Someone didn't read bailiff's are being scrapped! Basildon30
  • Score: 0

3:37pm Mon 31 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
" Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax. They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement. If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. " _______________ and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.
exactly..... will just up with bigger arrears that people can't or wont pay
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: " Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax. They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement. If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. " _______________ and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.[/p][/quote]exactly..... will just up with bigger arrears that people can't or wont pay pembury53
  • Score: 8

3:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

poortaxpayer says...

Scrap Council Tax and the army of Civil Servants that administer it and get a lump sum from the Government to pay for Council Services taken out of General Taxation.
Scrap Council Tax and the army of Civil Servants that administer it and get a lump sum from the Government to pay for Council Services taken out of General Taxation. poortaxpayer
  • Score: -3

3:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Basildon30 wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
" Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax.

They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement.

If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. "
_______________

and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.
Someone didn't read bailiff's are being scrapped!
Of course i did...that was the point of my post, what will happen when the enforcement officers can't collect...they in turn will get 'bailiffs' in...if they ain't called bailiffs they will be called something else they will be employed to collect the debt...same differance.
[quote][p][bold]Basildon30[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: " Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax. They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement. If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. " _______________ and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.[/p][/quote]Someone didn't read bailiff's are being scrapped![/p][/quote]Of course i did...that was the point of my post, what will happen when the enforcement officers can't collect...they in turn will get 'bailiffs' in...if they ain't called bailiffs they will be called something else they will be employed to collect the debt...same differance. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 8

4:00pm Mon 31 Mar 14

andy:) says...

How is piling on even higher charges going to help anyone ? Typical tory idiots !

Many people find it very hard to keep up with their council tax since the recent rule changes and now they are going to pile on even more charges, I'd like to see how the new rules are being changed, coz at present councils can only add on 'reasonable' charges for the extra cost, its hard to see how a tiny bit of extra admin can justify an extra £235, and what exactly is this 'agent' supposed to do, if he isnt a bailiff he will have no powers to do anything or seize goods so it seems a bit pointless, will he just turn up, realise he cant do anythjing and add on another £235 ?

Council Tax should be decriminalised (like the TV licence looks it will be) and treated as a normal civil debt, adding on lots of extra charges won't help anyone and for any other similar debt would be illegal.
How is piling on even higher charges going to help anyone ? Typical tory idiots ! Many people find it very hard to keep up with their council tax since the recent rule changes and now they are going to pile on even more charges, I'd like to see how the new rules are being changed, coz at present councils can only add on 'reasonable' charges for the extra cost, its hard to see how a tiny bit of extra admin can justify an extra £235, and what exactly is this 'agent' supposed to do, if he isnt a bailiff he will have no powers to do anything or seize goods so it seems a bit pointless, will he just turn up, realise he cant do anythjing and add on another £235 ? Council Tax should be decriminalised (like the TV licence looks it will be) and treated as a normal civil debt, adding on lots of extra charges won't help anyone and for any other similar debt would be illegal. andy:)
  • Score: 2

4:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Basildon30 says...

andy:) wrote:
How is piling on even higher charges going to help anyone ? Typical tory idiots !

Many people find it very hard to keep up with their council tax since the recent rule changes and now they are going to pile on even more charges, I'd like to see how the new rules are being changed, coz at present councils can only add on 'reasonable' charges for the extra cost, its hard to see how a tiny bit of extra admin can justify an extra £235, and what exactly is this 'agent' supposed to do, if he isnt a bailiff he will have no powers to do anything or seize goods so it seems a bit pointless, will he just turn up, realise he cant do anythjing and add on another £235 ?

Council Tax should be decriminalised (like the TV licence looks it will be) and treated as a normal civil debt, adding on lots of extra charges won't help anyone and for any other similar debt would be illegal.
Enforcement Agents (as they are to be known) CAN still take control of goods as they do now.
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: How is piling on even higher charges going to help anyone ? Typical tory idiots ! Many people find it very hard to keep up with their council tax since the recent rule changes and now they are going to pile on even more charges, I'd like to see how the new rules are being changed, coz at present councils can only add on 'reasonable' charges for the extra cost, its hard to see how a tiny bit of extra admin can justify an extra £235, and what exactly is this 'agent' supposed to do, if he isnt a bailiff he will have no powers to do anything or seize goods so it seems a bit pointless, will he just turn up, realise he cant do anythjing and add on another £235 ? Council Tax should be decriminalised (like the TV licence looks it will be) and treated as a normal civil debt, adding on lots of extra charges won't help anyone and for any other similar debt would be illegal.[/p][/quote]Enforcement Agents (as they are to be known) CAN still take control of goods as they do now. Basildon30
  • Score: 7

4:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

profondo asbo says...

andy:) wrote:
How is piling on even higher charges going to help anyone ? Typical tory idiots !

Many people find it very hard to keep up with their council tax since the recent rule changes and now they are going to pile on even more charges, I'd like to see how the new rules are being changed, coz at present councils can only add on 'reasonable' charges for the extra cost, its hard to see how a tiny bit of extra admin can justify an extra £235, and what exactly is this 'agent' supposed to do, if he isnt a bailiff he will have no powers to do anything or seize goods so it seems a bit pointless, will he just turn up, realise he cant do anythjing and add on another £235 ?

Council Tax should be decriminalised (like the TV licence looks it will be) and treated as a normal civil debt, adding on lots of extra charges won't help anyone and for any other similar debt would be illegal.
for the card carrying socialists council tax went up 70% under liebour (even after adjusting for inflation)
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: How is piling on even higher charges going to help anyone ? Typical tory idiots ! Many people find it very hard to keep up with their council tax since the recent rule changes and now they are going to pile on even more charges, I'd like to see how the new rules are being changed, coz at present councils can only add on 'reasonable' charges for the extra cost, its hard to see how a tiny bit of extra admin can justify an extra £235, and what exactly is this 'agent' supposed to do, if he isnt a bailiff he will have no powers to do anything or seize goods so it seems a bit pointless, will he just turn up, realise he cant do anythjing and add on another £235 ? Council Tax should be decriminalised (like the TV licence looks it will be) and treated as a normal civil debt, adding on lots of extra charges won't help anyone and for any other similar debt would be illegal.[/p][/quote]for the card carrying socialists council tax went up 70% under liebour (even after adjusting for inflation) profondo asbo
  • Score: 8

4:22pm Mon 31 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
Scrap Council Tax and the army of Civil Servants that administer it and get a lump sum from the Government to pay for Council Services taken out of General Taxation.
a repeat of the poll tax riots wouldn't be too bad a thing..... makes the evening news a bit more interesting.....
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: Scrap Council Tax and the army of Civil Servants that administer it and get a lump sum from the Government to pay for Council Services taken out of General Taxation.[/p][/quote]a repeat of the poll tax riots wouldn't be too bad a thing..... makes the evening news a bit more interesting..... pembury53
  • Score: 1

4:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
" Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax.

They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement.

If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. "
_______________

and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.
Are you rubbing your grubby little hands as you type that?
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: " Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax. They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement. If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. " _______________ and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.[/p][/quote]Are you rubbing your grubby little hands as you type that? ThisYear
  • Score: -9

5:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

They should consider property and car seizures to recoup the lost revenue, they would soon cough up, if their flat screen TV's were about to be taken, hit them hard, hit them fast.
They should consider property and car seizures to recoup the lost revenue, they would soon cough up, if their flat screen TV's were about to be taken, hit them hard, hit them fast. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 7

6:15pm Mon 31 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

ThisYear wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
" Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax.

They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement.

If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. "
_______________

and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.
Are you rubbing your grubby little hands as you type that?
perv.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: " Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax. They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement. If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. " _______________ and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.[/p][/quote]Are you rubbing your grubby little hands as you type that?[/p][/quote]perv. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 8

8:22pm Mon 31 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
" Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax.

They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement.

If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. "
_______________

and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.
Are you rubbing your grubby little hands as you type that?
perv.
Again you display your lack of reason and understanding of things..YET you post on nearly every post...in sheer ignorance.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: " Under new Government regulations, enforcement agents will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase owed tax. They will then try to contact the person to either get payment in full or set up a payment arrangement. If they are unsuccessful and agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further £235. " _______________ and after that when they still can't/won't pay they get the bailiffs in.[/p][/quote]Are you rubbing your grubby little hands as you type that?[/p][/quote]perv.[/p][/quote]Again you display your lack of reason and understanding of things..YET you post on nearly every post...in sheer ignorance. ThisYear
  • Score: -8

9:51am Tue 1 Apr 14

andy:) says...

Basildon30 wrote:
andy:) wrote:
How is piling on even higher charges going to help anyone ? Typical tory idiots !

Many people find it very hard to keep up with their council tax since the recent rule changes and now they are going to pile on even more charges, I'd like to see how the new rules are being changed, coz at present councils can only add on 'reasonable' charges for the extra cost, its hard to see how a tiny bit of extra admin can justify an extra £235, and what exactly is this 'agent' supposed to do, if he isnt a bailiff he will have no powers to do anything or seize goods so it seems a bit pointless, will he just turn up, realise he cant do anythjing and add on another £235 ?

Council Tax should be decriminalised (like the TV licence looks it will be) and treated as a normal civil debt, adding on lots of extra charges won't help anyone and for any other similar debt would be illegal.
Enforcement Agents (as they are to be known) CAN still take control of goods as they do now.
The new legislation is about changing the powers of bailiffs, its not really correct to say that bailiffs are being removed as this story implies.

See here > http://bailiffadvice
online.co.uk/uncateg
orized/the-taking-co
ntrol-of-goods-fees-
regulations-2014

I'm not sure that the debtor will see any difference, as there are quite a few steps that the council must follow before it reaches this stage.
[quote][p][bold]Basildon30[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: How is piling on even higher charges going to help anyone ? Typical tory idiots ! Many people find it very hard to keep up with their council tax since the recent rule changes and now they are going to pile on even more charges, I'd like to see how the new rules are being changed, coz at present councils can only add on 'reasonable' charges for the extra cost, its hard to see how a tiny bit of extra admin can justify an extra £235, and what exactly is this 'agent' supposed to do, if he isnt a bailiff he will have no powers to do anything or seize goods so it seems a bit pointless, will he just turn up, realise he cant do anythjing and add on another £235 ? Council Tax should be decriminalised (like the TV licence looks it will be) and treated as a normal civil debt, adding on lots of extra charges won't help anyone and for any other similar debt would be illegal.[/p][/quote]Enforcement Agents (as they are to be known) CAN still take control of goods as they do now.[/p][/quote]The new legislation is about changing the powers of bailiffs, its not really correct to say that bailiffs are being removed as this story implies. See here > http://bailiffadvice online.co.uk/uncateg orized/the-taking-co ntrol-of-goods-fees- regulations-2014 I'm not sure that the debtor will see any difference, as there are quite a few steps that the council must follow before it reaches this stage. andy:)
  • Score: 1

9:53am Tue 1 Apr 14

andy:) says...

A better explantion here too > http://www.lovetts.c
o.uk/knowledge/Takin
g-Control-of-Goods.a
spx
A better explantion here too > http://www.lovetts.c o.uk/knowledge/Takin g-Control-of-Goods.a spx andy:)
  • Score: 0

10:37am Tue 1 Apr 14

hornsxandxhalos says...

Well mine's always paid on time, I prefer paying over 10 months, means you get 2 months free a year where you don't have to pay anything, :D lol.
Well mine's always paid on time, I prefer paying over 10 months, means you get 2 months free a year where you don't have to pay anything, :D lol. hornsxandxhalos
  • Score: 4

3:45pm Tue 1 Apr 14

peternorth says...

I can't find ANYTHING that says these changes to the law apply to council tax.
The measures are part of a wider package of reforms which will implement Part 3 of the Tribunals, Courts & Enforcement Act 2007. But I can see no changes to The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992. I think the councils are lying and local media is slavishly repeating these lies without checking the facts. And the Echo should be ashamed of itself calling its poorer readers "council tax dodgers". It makes you look like the propaganda mouthpiece for the council.
I can't find ANYTHING that says these changes to the law apply to council tax. The measures are part of a wider package of reforms which will implement Part 3 of the Tribunals, Courts & Enforcement Act 2007. But I can see no changes to The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992. I think the councils are lying and local media is slavishly repeating these lies without checking the facts. And the Echo should be ashamed of itself calling its poorer readers "council tax dodgers". It makes you look like the propaganda mouthpiece for the council. peternorth
  • Score: 3

8:32am Wed 2 Apr 14

essex bad boy says...

Perhaps the council should at least be honest and charge the debtors the correct £3-00 fee for when they issue a Liability order and not some made up fee gathering price like £90 odd like they do, did anyone know it costs just £3-00 to get a Liability order to Court, no then you should look into why the price is so high.
yes debtors will be caught out when they default on Council Tax the new fees are horrendous, and you will be even more scared at the first letter which will at Nearly £90-00 to the debt before it even gets to them, if the Enforcement Agent (formally a Bailiff) calls at your home you are looking at several hundreds of pound added to your bill, if you default on an arrangement the fees added will be even more. There is a debt forum called the consumer action group where you can get all the information you need before the new fees come in which is the 6TH OF April this year.

The new regulations are called Taking Control of Goods Act. If you owe money today please be very careful if you get an Enforcement Agent they will increase your debt as soon as they can.

There are three new stages of Enforcement and each carries a far greater cost to the debtor here they are

New Fee Structure
A new fee structure has been introduced and the fees relating to the three stages above are triggered as soon as each stage begins. These are the Enforcement Agent’s fees, not the Council’s. The fees have been set by central Government and will be periodically reviewed.
Compliance Stage Fee £75.00.
The Enforcement Agent will charge this fee as soon as your debt is passed to them by the Council. The fee is payable for each Liability Order, so the total fee could be much more.
Enforcement Stage Fee £235.00 (plus 7.5% of the value of the debt that exceeds £1,500.00).
This fee shall be charged by the Enforcement Agent when the premises are visited for the first time.
Sale Stage Fee £110.00 (plus 7.5% of the value of the debt that exceeds £1,500.00).
This fee shall be charged when an Enforcement Agent attends the premises to remove goods and make preparations for the sale of goods.
There are additional fees which the Enforcement Agent may charge relating to the removal and storage of goods and locksmith’s fees.
There are transitional arrangements in place for cases already with the bailiffs before 6th April 2014.
Perhaps the council should at least be honest and charge the debtors the correct £3-00 fee for when they issue a Liability order and not some made up fee gathering price like £90 odd like they do, did anyone know it costs just £3-00 to get a Liability order to Court, no then you should look into why the price is so high. yes debtors will be caught out when they default on Council Tax the new fees are horrendous, and you will be even more scared at the first letter which will at Nearly £90-00 to the debt before it even gets to them, if the Enforcement Agent (formally a Bailiff) calls at your home you are looking at several hundreds of pound added to your bill, if you default on an arrangement the fees added will be even more. There is a debt forum called the consumer action group where you can get all the information you need before the new fees come in which is the 6TH OF April this year. The new regulations are called Taking Control of Goods Act. If you owe money today please be very careful if you get an Enforcement Agent they will increase your debt as soon as they can. There are three new stages of Enforcement and each carries a far greater cost to the debtor here they are New Fee Structure A new fee structure has been introduced and the fees relating to the three stages above are triggered as soon as each stage begins. These are the Enforcement Agent’s fees, not the Council’s. The fees have been set by central Government and will be periodically reviewed. Compliance Stage Fee £75.00. The Enforcement Agent will charge this fee as soon as your debt is passed to them by the Council. The fee is payable for each Liability Order, so the total fee could be much more. Enforcement Stage Fee £235.00 (plus 7.5% of the value of the debt that exceeds £1,500.00). This fee shall be charged by the Enforcement Agent when the premises are visited for the first time. Sale Stage Fee £110.00 (plus 7.5% of the value of the debt that exceeds £1,500.00). This fee shall be charged when an Enforcement Agent attends the premises to remove goods and make preparations for the sale of goods. There are additional fees which the Enforcement Agent may charge relating to the removal and storage of goods and locksmith’s fees. There are transitional arrangements in place for cases already with the bailiffs before 6th April 2014. essex bad boy
  • Score: 0

2:01pm Wed 2 Apr 14

andy:) says...

The problem is that for a normal civil debt its quite a long process before bailiffs/enforcement agents get involved, you have to have a civil trial where you can defend yourself and even then judgement given ccj, etc.

For council tax the council can effectively short circuit the process and apply for a summons (where you really cant defend yourself properally) and start adding extortianate charges almost straight away.
The problem is that for a normal civil debt its quite a long process before bailiffs/enforcement agents get involved, you have to have a civil trial where you can defend yourself and even then judgement given ccj, etc. For council tax the council can effectively short circuit the process and apply for a summons (where you really cant defend yourself properally) and start adding extortianate charges almost straight away. andy:)
  • Score: 0

9:04am Fri 4 Apr 14

andy:) says...

The more I read about this, he more nonsensesical the Echo story becomes, Bailiffs are not being scrapped in any way, this story seems to imply that charges will be increased whicjh isnt true either, here is a story from the Guardian which is far better than this rubbish published by the Echo > http://www.theguardi
an.com/money/2014/ap
r/04/bailiffs-lose-p
owers-under-new-laws
The more I read about this, he more nonsensesical the Echo story becomes, Bailiffs are not being scrapped in any way, this story seems to imply that charges will be increased whicjh isnt true either, here is a story from the Guardian which is far better than this rubbish published by the Echo > http://www.theguardi an.com/money/2014/ap r/04/bailiffs-lose-p owers-under-new-laws andy:)
  • Score: 0

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