Councils too often have to take taxpayers to court, because they've not paid their council tax. But how often do they have to take the leader of the council to court for not paying?
That's what's happened in Thanet. Chris Wells is the red-faced council leader. He says it's an administrative oversight. Taxpayers in Thanet have been telling Sarah Saunders what they think.
Councillors at Brighton & Hove City council have approved an increase of 3.99% to council tax for the next financial year at a budget meeting tonight.
Council tax in West Sussex could increase by nearly 4%.
The local authority says a worse than expected Government grant and ever increasing demand for services leaves it with a £44m black hole in funding.
The council has recommended the increase saying it will protect the most vulnerable.
Households in Kent will pay more for the county's police force next year.
Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes has secured a five pound increase in the charge, which is included with the Council Tax.
She says Kent residents still pay less for their police than most other counties and the funds are urgently needed.
Do you think council tax should increase - or stay the same? That's what residents in Dorset are being asked by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.
It relates to the police precept- a percentage of Council Tax that funds policing in the area. The force say a rise would allow them to better protect vulnerable people.
Residents have just six days left to share their views. So far, over 2,500 people have taken part and Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is urging more people to get involved in helping him decide which option to take.
If residents were to vote in favour of a rise, this would be invested in three key areas:
- Protecting vulnerable people (e.g. greater investment in protecting the elderly, in child sexual exploitation investigation and in combating domestic abuse)
- Emerging threats (e.g. improving capability in catching online cyber criminals)
- Increased public access to police (e.g. investment in the 101 service, increasing policing digital platforms and online access)
Dorset Police are urging residents to visit www.dorsetpoliceprecept.com to take part.
Sevenoaks Council has admitted it was wrong to contact a widower to request a debt from his dead wife. It sent numerous demands for £8.62 despite the fact Shamsher Sagoo's wife had died last June from cancer. In the end Mr Sagoo, from Edenbridge, said he was forced to take his wife's ashes to the town hall to prove she was dead.
Hundreds of families in the South still unable to move back into their homes after the winter's floods won't have to pay any council tax until they do.
According to the Government, 123 families in Hampshire have been unable to return home. More than 70 in Surrey and 60 across the Thames Valley. Anyone who has not yet been offered a discount should contact their local council.
Fresh talks are due to be held today over the council tax in Brighton. The Green party wants to raise it by four point seven five percent, which would mean residents voting on the proposals. Councillors failed to agree on the budget at a meeting last week.
Labour and Conservative councillors in Brighton have passed a vote of no confidence in the Green Party after it's members proposed 4.75% rise in the city's council tax.
The Green administration plans go beyond the Government's expected threshold of 2%, which means residents will be given a chance to vote on the increase.