Courts chasing £151m
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”.