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.
More top news
A man has told a jury he did not violently assault a female couple - and has denied aiming any homophobic abuse towards them.
With only the Tories opposed, taxes are set to rise - the question is by how much.
Thousands of children have been helped by the charity across the county in the last three decades.