Thousands of North West Families Struggling with Council Tax Arrears, CTACIC Responds Monday 27 April 2015 PDF Print A new report has found that nearly 104,000 families in North West England have had experience with council tax arrears The reaction follows a study which reveals that nearly 104,000 families living in the North West have experienced council tax debt. CTACIC managing director, Chris Richards, provides a statement. A new report has found that nearly 104,000 families in North West England have had experience with council tax arrears. It also revealed that North West councils using bailiffs nearly 250,000 times last year to chase unpaid bills. The Children’s Society found that debt was widespread in several areas, with 2,000 families in debt in Halton and 1,977 families struggling with arrears in Runcorn and Widnes. The report also revealed that English councils had sent out bailiffs 1.3million times in 2014, with an estimated 245,000 spread out across the North West. The Children’s Society concluded that bailiffs being sent out to houses were likely to frighten a child, and that they shouldn’t be used for families that have kids in the home. “Councils are more likely to refer a family in council tax debt to a bailiff than to an independent debt advisor, which is not acceptable,” claimed North West area director for The Children’s Society Rob Jackson. “Bailiffs should simply not be sent round to families with children. Instead, councils should give struggling residents a chance to negotiate affordable repayments, and make sure every family in trouble is offered independent debt advice.” Council Tax Advisors CIC, a service offering free and impartial advice on council tax and other forms of debt, takes a keen interest in reports such as this. Managing director, Chris Richards, provided this statement: “It’s sad to hear of the numbers of families struggling with debt in the North West of the country. The figures reveal that there are too many people who are finding it hard to deal with debt, and the number of bailiffs being sent out to houses is tragic. However there is help available, and Council Tax Advisors CIC can give you assistance when you need it most. For details about how to deal with debt or bailiffs, get in touch with one of our friendly team today.” 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 specialise in providing 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.