Unpaid Council Tax Reaches Millions Across Shropshire and Mid Wales Tuesday 23 December 2014 PDF Print Powys County Council have seen hikes in council tax rates in the last few years and have a 4.5 per cent increase planned Council Tax Advisors CIC, leading providers of debt advice, respond to the vast number of outstanding council tax payments in Shropshire and Mid Wales at the end of the 2013-14 financial year. Families are continuing to struggle financially with millions of pounds owed due to unpaid council tax bills in Shropshire and Mid Wales. Shropshire Council says they are owed around £8.3 million for the end of the 2013-14 financial year and have summoned 10 per cent of properties in this area. This has also caused thousands of magistrates’ court cases and over 8,000 liability orders to be granted. These orders allow councils to take action if costs of the tax, summons and liability orders are not paid. Shropshire Council has frozen council tax rates for five successive years, but the growing cost of living has caused money problems for its residents. Powys County Council have seen hikes in council tax rates in the last few years and have a 4.5 per cent increase planned for the 2014-15 financial year. They have issued 3,167 liability orders with around half of these fees now recovered. However, approximately £2 million is still owed. Around £1.2 million is yet to be paid by residents in Telford & Wrekin, which was £5.3 million before a significant proportion was repaid. According to the Shropshire Star, an astonishing £2.5 billion is owed in council tax arrears across the UK. Chris Richards, Managing Director of Council Tax Advisors CIC, who offer specialist assistance in a variety of debt solutions, has released a statement in response to these figures. He said: “Unfortunately these figures reflect the financial worries of people throughout the UK and how easy it is to fall into debt, causing huge amounts of stress. “Here at Council Tax Advisors, we provide free and impartial advice to those who need urgent solutions to their money difficulties by communicating with councils and bailiffs in order to give our clients affordable repayment options. “ Council Tax Advisors Community Interest Company (CIC) is a not-for-profit organisation offering free and independent advice and resolution services to those in council tax arrears or any other kind of debt. Formed in 2012 as a direct result of personal experiences with bailiffs, they are expertly placed to give advice and guidance on how best to deal with debt situations and offer long-term sustainable solutions including the organisation of repayment plans and professional mediation services. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Council Tax Advisors in the following categories: Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.