Today Highbury Corner Magistrates court issued 510 council tax liability orders by signing a computer print out

13 July 2017


Today Highbury Corner Magistrates court, as expected, issued a liability order against me to Haringey Council adding £115 costs.

But far more seriously the magistrate issued liability orders plus costs against 510 Haringey residents by signing a computer printout. That was a small number: sometimes it has been over 2000 at one time by signing a print out. The total number of summons issued by Haringey last year was over 27.000. Nationally there are 3.5 million a year. 

The vast majority are issued by computer against local people who can never afford to pay the tax because their benefit incomes have been shredded by central government. 

Haringey Councillors ought to be ashamed of themselves for letting such an oppressive law loose on the large number of vulnerable and impoverished residents in the borough. It creates serious hardship.

Great efforts by council staff goes in to collecting the tax from people who cannot pay. No surprise that over £2million is left unpaid every year.

A computer will now send the following threats to residents of the borough vulnerable or not. It is an inhuman process. 
Failure to contact ​the council on receiving a liability order will result in the council taking one of the following methods of recovery to collect the outstanding Council Tax

  • Enforcement Agents (​commonly known as bailiffs)  They add £75 as soon as Haringey give them the case​ (over 11,000 times last year). They then add £235 if they have to make a visit and another £110 if they call to collect the furniture. Council tax is a civil debt so they are not allowed to break in to people's homes. Keep to door shut is the advice. 
  • Attachment of Earnings
  • Attachment of Benefit
  • Bankruptcy / Liquidation
  • Charging Orders
  • Committal to Prison