Mark Whitehead 01 November 2019

Medway trials new way of collecting council tax

Medway trials new way of collecting council tax image

A leading councillor has hailed a trial scheme to deduct council tax directly from earnings as a way to target people who ignore reminder letters and refuse to pay.

Rupert Turpin, portfolio holder for business management at Medway Council said there was a duty to make sure everyone who is supposed to pay does so.

Medway is one of 29 local authorities taking part in a trial launched by HM Revenue and Customs in July which uses the debt information sharing powers introduced by the Digital Economy Act 2017.

It allows councils to obtain employer and income information from HMRC for people who have failed to pay their council tax and have an order to pay from a magistrates’ court.

Residents who are employed or have an income are contacted to and asked to start paying off their debts and warned that otherwise they will have their debt deducted directly from their earnings through their employer.

Cllr Turpin said: 'The majority of Medway residents pay their council tax on time each month which helps pay for services for residents across Medway.

'The pilot scheme targets the minority of people who continue to ignore our reminder letters and refuse to pay.

'We have a duty to all council tax payers to make sure everyone who is required to pay does so.'

LGPS: Unlocking infrastructure image

LGPS: Unlocking infrastructure

Pension funds can play an important role backing useful projects such as railway infrastructure, water companies and green energy. Mark Whitehead met a man whose organisation invests local government pensions constructively.
Maximising tech spend image

Maximising tech spend

David Beggs calls on local government to take a much broader view of technology to get the most value from it.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Practitioner - Children in Care

Essex County Council
Negotiable
In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Youth Offending Service Practitioner

Essex County Council
£30001.0 - £41000.0 per month
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

NCS Youth Work Team Leader|226446|ECC

Essex County Council
£19389.0 - £22558.0 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

NCS Youth Work Assistant Team Leader|226445|ECC

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Youth and Community Manager

Dunstable Town Council
£32,878 rising to £34,788 (pay award pending)
As Youth and Community Manager you will lead in the development and delivery of a range of services targeting young people Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Recuriter: Dunstable Town Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how public sector organisations can unlock the hidden value in their land, and why a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

The December issue also considers why learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment. It also contains a case study on how the London Borough of Westminster has provided high quality care for the elderly alongside a block of luxury apartments.

Register for your free digital issue