Intimidating council tax defaulters who cannot pay with threats of prison & bailiffs damages vulnerable people.
Intimidating council tax defaulters who cannot pay with threats of prison and bailiiffs wastes council officials time and taxpayers money and damages the health of vulnerable people.
I will be publicly reporting on each stage of Haringey Council's enforcement of the council tax against me to highlight the intimidation of our poorest fellow citizens whose benefits should never have been taxed. Many will also have rent arrears and be visiting food banks. The evidence that low income and debt impacts on health is undeniable but totally ignored by local and national government. .
The council is taxing £73.10 per week JSA which equals £317 per month Universal Credit. Its computers dispatch liability orders when arrears have occurred because Jobcenters are slow in delivering UC. £73.10pw/£317pm have been reducing in value since 1979. Benefits have been shredded by national government since 2010 and taxed by local government since 2013.
I have now received the letter advising me that the council has a liability order against me and threatening the various means of enforcement they have at their disposal. It can be seen on the TAP website.
The Highbury Corner Magistrates gave Haringey Council the liability order against me on on Tuesday 13th July adding £115 costs . The magistrate signed a computer print out granting another 510 liability orders, with no idea of the circumstances of the Haringey residents, also adding £115 costs to each of them. They sign up to 2000 a time totaling 20,000 a year for Haringey. 3.5 million a year liability orders are given blind by magistrates to councils in England and Wales.
The council also sends print outs to the Bailifffs. They are often the first to meet vulnerable residents. They adding £75 fees to the arrears as soon as the council gives them the case, plus £235 for the visit and a further £110 if they call for the furniture.
The council told the High Court that high fees encourage people to pay - a pointless argument when so many debtors are struggling to survive.
THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BREAK IN TO ENFORCE COUNCILTAX WHICH IS A CIVIL DEBT - NON-PAYMENT IS NOT A CRIME. - THEY CAN BREAK IN TO ENFORCE A FINE.
Church Times 21 July 2017.
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