Urban councils' fears over debt recovery rules

By Laura Sharman and Martin Ford | 24 December 2020

Urban councils have voiced concern over new rules that could prevent them from recovering council tax debts.

The Government has written to councils reminding them of the introduction in May of its Breathing Space scheme, which aims to protect people in debt by suspending enforcement action, and freezing charges, fees and certain interest for up to 60 days.

A letter to councils read: ‘This will impact on billing authorities in the way that they manage their council tax systems, and also those for other eligible debts.’

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