Council tax recovery

Collecting debt

A liability order gives the council powers to collect the debt in various ways. At this stage, we may still agree on a special payment with you rather than use the liability order. If you break the arrangement, we will take further action.

With a liability order, we have several options to collect the debt.

Attachment of earnings

We will require certain information to be provided. You are legally required to provide this information. It will include your work details. We will instruct your employer to take money from your earnings to pay your council tax arrears.

Enforcement Agents

We can employ Enforcement Agents to collect the debt. The charges involved are set out in legislation. They can be considerable and you will be liable to pay them. The Enforcement Agents will ask our advice if they find the liability order has been issued against someone who cannot pay due to their vulnerability


We can make deductions from:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Job Seeker's Allowance.

Charging Order

If you owe us more than £1,000 and you own your own home, a charge can be placed on your property.

Last updated 23 December 2022