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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Stronger & colder air gets dragged in from the Arctic by the end of Monday. A bitter wind, overnight frosts and the risk of snow showers
It was a hard-fought victory for Melrose, as they edged past Ayr 23-18 to lift the BT Cup.
A mainly dry weekend with chilly nights and some sunshine by day. After rain sinks south on Monday a much colder theme develops