Courts chas­ing £151m

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

DUNDEE City Coun­cil has had to seek help from the courts in chas­ing more than £151 mil­lion in debts ac­crued by res­i­dents and firms in re­cent years.

More than 244,000 sum­mary war­rants were is­sued by Dundee Sher­iff Court in chas­ing £151.14m in coun­cil tax and busi­ness rates over the last eight years, with cur­rent out­stand­ing debts stretch­ing as far back as 1993. A coun­cil can ap­ply to the sher­iff court for a sum­mary war­rant if it has ex­hausted all av­enues in chas­ing debt.

It is sent to the res­i­dent or busi­ness con­cerned and, along­side a charge for pay­ment, is ef­fec­tively a l egal power f or t he court to re­trieve money owed. It also adds 10% to the bill.

About 239,000 of these were sent to in­di­vid­u­als with coun­cil tax debts to­talling £122m, while 5,500 were sent to busi­nesses with to­tal debts of £29m over the pe­riod.

The coun­cil said it “pro-ac­tively en­gages” with those strug­gling to pay, with court or­ders only used af­ter “all av­enues have been ex­hausted”.

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