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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A look ahead at another wintry day.
We're showing some of the best weather photos, after Cumbria and the South of Scotland were hit by heavy snow.
Winter is back with weather warnings in place across the region. Ross has the details: