Your council tax bill is a 'priority debt', as there can be serious consequences if you can’t pay your arrears.
Council tax makes up around a quarter of local authority incomes in England, Wales and Scotland. Most households have to pay council tax, but the amount you'll pay depends on the value of your house, your age and income, and who else lives with you.
Local authorities have extra legal powers to collect council tax and they often act quickly if payments are missed. This could result in bailiffs (or sheriff officers in Scotland) visiting your property. This means council tax arrears are treated as a priority debt.
If you fall behind with your council tax it's important to contact the council and try to make arrangements to clear your arrears. Send them a copy of your budget showing your income and outgoings to show them your situation. If you need help with this or you're struggling to deal with the arrears, we'd recommend getting free, expert debt advice as soon as possible.
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