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Council's bailiffs reeling in Peckham's tax debts

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Legal

Council's bailiffs reeling in Peckham's tax debts Council's bailiffs reeling in Peckham's tax debts

Peckham and Borough residents who repeatedly refuse to pay their council tax are being visited by bailiffs.

Southwark Council has assembled an army of 50 debt-collectors to try and recoup thousands of pounds in unpaid tax.

So far the impromptu visits have resulted in £80,000 in cash being collected, including £20,000 secured under short-term arrangements.

The campaign has also seen nine vehicles clamped to ensure that resident's pay their debts.

The unannounced visits took place over two weekends during November 2012 and January 2013.

All debtors are subject to a Liability Order issued by the Magistrates' Court and have chosen to ignore several warnings to pay.

The council has contracted four bailiff service providers to cover specific areas to collect the amounts owed or to remove goods to settle the debt.

Councillor Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for resources warned the unannounced visits will continue to take place at the weekends.

He said: “The small minority of people who cheat on their council tax are short-changing the rest of us who do pay. We are planning further regular crackdown with our bailiffs in the near future. They are authorised to collect cash, remove goods or clamp vehicles. This is part of a series of planned increased activity with other areas of the borough being lined up for similar levels of bailiff activity over the coming months."

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