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Tough new threat for council tax none-payers

Friday January 8 2016

Town Hall Town Hall

PEOPLE who don't pay their council tax could be forced to produce wage slips and bank statements to explain why they haven't paid the debt under tough new steps proposed by the council.

Councillors plan to clamp down on none-payers - especially repeat offenders - and will be persuing prison sentances for the worst cases.

A spokesman said: "This issue has then been compounded by repeat offenders who do not pay year in, year out.”
None-payers will be forced to take part in a hearing if they ignore requests to pay - where wage slips and bank statements would be inspected.

The report states that when an application is made for committal to prison: “The debtor must provide evidence of income and expenditure to decide whether they have wilfully refused or not paid as a result of culpable neglect.”

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Reply Posted by Mick S on Sunday January 10 2016 at 21:42
Pick on the working man again as we are a easy target and we will subsidise all the other scum and junkies who don't work but can still afford their beer and fags and drugs

Reply Posted by maz b on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 19:28
My sentiments exactly ...when your a struggling single parent like I was trying to make ends meet in poor jobs and the council hound you when there Andre people who have never paid anything so because they can't get them they go for the working class to boot them when there down

Reply Posted by pete on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 19:31
A bill for let's say 500 can't pay sent to prison for 6 months cost to tax payer minimum 20 thousand pound good
Tell this to Steve Houghton and report on this on that not how people are to be hownded

Reply Posted by jos-jo on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 19:35
when you get bill it from march to march so why get letters every month waste paper mailing cost all reminders, People might pay what want when they want as long as it is all paid up before next bill what the point waste postage and paper.Get the ones who never pay!!!!

Reply Posted by Steve on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 22:21
To the one track minded individuals who start off by whining "oh tax payers getting hammered again, people on benefits scum, scum, scum" need to wake up and realize even people on benefits pay some portion of council tax and would still be subject to the same ridicule.
And no, im not om benefits, a junkie or scum just for the record. If you're gonna have a rant, at least be educated enough to look at ALL points of view instead of just your own, or all the other people who follow like sheep conducting a witch hunt.
Just saying

Reply Posted by Logan on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 23:27
The cuts are from central government
Some services have to be in place, social care, education etc have been cut to the bone
The council has to raise the money to pay for these and all other services, police, fire and a thousand things you lot probably don't even know the council do but would moan if it's missing

Pay your taxes and consider how much it would actually cost you if you had to pay for each thing individually

It's a bargain

Reply Posted by janet on Saturday January 16 2016 at 23:23
How can u justify it being a bargain get no more now for our money than when we paid rates.Tell you what we ought to give our purses to the council and let them take what they want.If the people dont have the money to pay how does taking them to court and yes they do hold their own biased court sittings i rung the court once to be told they rent a court to conduct their own sittings so i would have to ring the council to speak to someone not the court

Reply Posted by Gavelar on Monday January 18 2016 at 12:10
Logan our council is a shambles, they waste an unbelievable amount of money, due to the fact their is no accountability. If someone doesn't do their job properly then there are no repercussions.
Couple of fiascos facilitated by BMBC

23,000 job shortfall despite having over 25 years to attract business since the mines shut.

90 Million quid wasted on Digital Region at a cost of around 10 Million to the Barnsley tax payer. Old sir steve when finding out it was failing agreed to throw some more money at it.

The embarrassment of the Kingstone Sports centre built at a cost of 2.1 million quid only to have it demolished less than 5 years after opening - Sir Steve on this one. "You all knew we were demolishing the school all along"
18 Million on the civic which still does not have any shops in and mandela gardens being akin to a crack den.

The DMC which is not full and not occupied by many Digital businesses.

The Town centre dereliction and we still don't have it, almost 15 years since the will alsopp joke - which was at a cost of around 1 million.

The stairfoot travelller site the despite the views of the residents was built and then closed within weeks at a cost of a few hundred grands damage

The undisclosed sum paid to Wickes for the land BMBC didn't own and the cost of the absolute shambles at Wakefield road which took over a year longer than it should have for some road alterations.

Recently we've been told that the council will be paying private slum landlords (from out of the area) to renovate their rundown properties rather than the council enforcing .

I could go on and on and on, the council haemorrhages money left right and centre on a daily basis thanks to the incompetence of the decision makers and no one ever gets sacked for it.

Yeah we get value for money from BMBC.

The saying you get what you pay for is - we clearly don't.

Reply Posted by Steven James on Monday January 18 2016 at 16:12
And STILL the good people of this town (Da Sheep) vote the Labour clowns in time after time after time!
They (Labour) have done nothing, I repeat NOTHING for this town !

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday January 13 2016 at 06:59
Council Tax is a Scam
Council Tax is a renewable yearly contract, requiring signatures of both parties & full disclosure. There is NO lawful requirement to pay. CT is administered by private-for-profit corporations, primarily for paying their golden pensions & interest on debts! 30% or less goes to public services! Councils hire private courts & issue their own summons. Time to expose the FRAUD & demand a new system!

Reply Posted by Fred on Wednesday January 13 2016 at 22:04
Try not paying then anon and see what happens !

Reply Posted by Gavelar on Thursday January 14 2016 at 14:26
Labour council targetting he most vulnerable again. Well Diana tennis needs her payrise again this year. Someone has to pay for it

Reply Posted by anon on Friday January 15 2016 at 19:32
maybe if it wasnt such an extortionate amount people would be able to pay with ease! and what do we pay it for? bin services that are hit and miss etc but doesnt our employment tax cover the things they are taxing us for? gets me mad just like tv license! especially if you pay for subscription services such as sky

Reply Posted by D. Johnson on Monday January 18 2016 at 19:35
None-payers? ffs

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