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 mostly cloudy start to Sunday thanks to the position of a cold front which is pushing westwards. Good sunny spells further north though
Emma Jesson brings you Saturday night's forecast
Some good spells of sunshine developing at the coast throughout the remainder of Saturday afternoon. Fresh winds at the coast also