Councils racking up huge council tax arrears

An investigation by ITV Border has revealed how councils are racking up huge amounts of council tax arrears as more people struggle to pay the bills.

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As huge numbers of people are left in debt and councils are millions of pounds out of pocket, an investigation by ITV Tyne Tees and Border has revealed local authorities are chasing-up council tax arrears of £116m.

Debt charities say, despite a council tax freeze in many areas, people don't have the money to pay up. Matt Hartley is from the Consumer Credit Counselling service.

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Council tax investigation reveals huge arrears

An investigation by ITV Border has revealed how councils are racking up huge amounts of council tax arrears as more people struggle to pay the bills.

Freedom of information requests to almost every council in the region asking how much outstanding council tax they are chasing highlight the scale of the problem.

The total amount outstanding from the councils who responded to our FOI requests is just over £116 million pounds.

A third of that total is from the last financial year. It comes as organisations who help people with debt have reported a huge rise in the number of people needing help.

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