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Latest News: Council urges residents to call for help with Council Tax bills
CHARNWOOD Borough Council is offering urgent help to residents after new figures revealed a significant rise in non-payment of Council Tax.
The Council says 800 residents are set to receive letters asking them to appear in court for non-payment of Council Tax almost double the amount at the same time last year.
The increase has been fuelled by changes to the benefits system which came into effect in April when Council Tax Benefit was abolished, the Council believes.
It was replaced by the Local Council Tax Support scheme which requires all working age benefit recipients to pay at least 8.5% of their Council Tax bill. This means around 3,600 people in Charnwood are being asked to pay Council Tax for the first time.
For most, these bills are about 86 per year or 8 per month (2 per week). People who do not pay could be taken to court where they may find costs of 67.50 added to their bill.
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Loughborough is the second largest town after Leicester in the county of Leicestershire. It is located within the Borough of Charnwood whose administrative centre is in Loughborough. In 2004 it had a population of 57,600. It is home to one of the best Universities in the UK - Loughborough University.
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