Debtor scheme success

PUBLISHED: 15:36 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

SIX debtors owing a total of £10,000 in council tax arrears have been caught as part of a new initiative launched by Uttlesford District Council. The scheme, launched late last year, targets people with the highest outstanding debts. Methods of recovering

SIX debtors owing a total of £10,000 in council tax arrears have been caught as part of a new initiative launched by Uttlesford District Council.

The scheme, launched late last year, targets people with the highest outstanding debts.

Methods of recovering the debts include deducting money from earnings, the use of bailiffs to remove valuable goods from property and bankruptcy.

UDC's principal revenues quality officer said the scheme was already a success.

"The initiative has been an outstanding success and we have caught the big fish this year and next year we will be reducing the size of our nets.

"Although only six debtors have so far been targeted for action, more than £10,000 has already been collected, with monthly payments amounting to £900 as the debtors make payments to avoid further recovery action.

"The success of the scheme means the council can make sure it has the money budgeted to spend on high quality services, which will benefit everyone who lives in the district."

Council tax bills will be delivered to homes from Monday and are normally paid in 10 monthly instalments, beginning on April 1.

The council's preferred method of payment is via direct debit and a mandate is printed on the back of each bill.

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