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THE DIRECTOR OF

CORPORATE RESOURCES

P O BOX 3

DUDLEY

DY1 1HG

TEL.: 0300 555 8000

EMAIL:

Revenue.finance@dudley.co.uk

Due to an unexpected serious illness I returned to the UK four weeks later than expected and found in my post a letter from the Council which said:

COUNCIL

TAX

BILL

PHILIP TART

My records show that you have not made payment as required. Please pay the TOTAL OUTSTANDING in full within the next 7 DAYS, otherwise legal proceedings will commence without any further notice

IF YOU WERE PREVIOUSLY DUE TO PAY BY MONTHLY INSTALMENTS, YOUR RIGHT TO DO SO HAS NOW BEEN LOST

UNLESS YOU PAY THE TOTAL OUTSTANDING OF £ 640.00 AS REQUESTED, YOU WILL BE ISSUED WITH A SUMMONS AND WILL INCUR ADDITIONAL COSTS OF AT LEAST £84.00. CONTINUED NON-PAYMENT MAY RESULT IN YOUR ACCOUNT BEING PASSED TO THE BAILIFFS.

I panicked as I did not have £640.00 spare cash having only just returned from abroad so I went online and paid them £384.00 which was the three instalments due up to the 28th November 2013, followed by another payment of £128.00 two days later and the final instalment on the 31st October 2013 after I had collected my rather meagre state pension. This cleared my outstanding Council Tax for the year 01-Apr-2013 to 31-03-2014.

Imagine my surprise when this was rewarded by the Council with a letter dated 31st October 2013 which showed an outstanding amount of £ 212.00 and which included costs of £84.00. I just had bent over backwards to pay them the rates which I could ill afford and they charge me £84.00 in costs which, so they said, included court costs of £3.00.

The council letter was headed

 

SUMMONS FOR THE NON-PAYMENT OF COUNCIL TAX IN THE METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF DUDLEY

Complaint has been made to me by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council that you, being a person liable for council tax, have not paid the amount below.

YOU ARE THEREFORE SUMMONED to appear before the Magistrates sitting at MAGISTRATES COURT, THE INHEDGE, DUDLEY at 09.30 on Thursday 28th November 2013. If you do not appear you will be proceeded against you as if you had appeared and be dealt with according to the law.

So here I was

I was 16 days overdue with my council tax and I was being hounded and intimidated by Dudley Council in a manner normally used by loan sharks and back street lenders  which can only be described as heavy handed bullying when a simple reminder would have solved this matter amicably.  Some vulnerable older people might get seriously upset when they are told that they  have to find the funds to pay the full amount of Council Tax, especially in the run up to Christmas and the beginning of the winter and when they are threatened with a court appearance  and the bailiffs if they don’t pay.

 

I have now written to the Council and have told them if they ever do that to me again then I will simply claim that I am unable to pay and I will offer them a weekly payment for as long as it takes to pay the Council Tax as I consider their action to be vicious, callous and insensitive. To write threatening letters and issue fictitious ‘summons’  to rate payers who have never defaulted and who have always paid upon receipt of a reminder is an affront and an insult.

 

I have also requested an explanation how they can justify to charge an amount of £84.00 for a piece of pre-printed paper purporting  to be sent by the Court  when, according to the ‘summons’, the actual court costs are supposed to be  a mere £3.00. This is clearly profiteering from the misery and wretchedness caused by requesting the full amount of Council Tax from OAP’s who struggle to pay their weekly bills.

 

Finally I am more than happy to attend the MAGISTRATES COURT on the 28th November 2013 at 09.30 and I have told them that I will be there to explain the situation and that  I will only pay their  ‘costs’ of £84.00 if ordered to do so  by a Court of Law.

 

 

DUDLEY MBC SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY ASHAMED FOR BEHAVING IN SUCH A MENACING AND INTIMIDATING WAY THREATENING LAW ABIDING RATE PAYERS WITH COURT APPEARANCES AND BAILIFFS AND, IN ADDITION, CHARGING EXTORTIONATE FEES FOR  FICTITIOUS AND PREPRINTED SUMMONS

 

BUT WHAT ELSE CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN  A COUNCIL IS RUN BY LAWYERS

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It’s now over TWO WEEKS that I wrote that letter and you guessed right, the Council has not had the common courtesy to respond.

They clearly work on the principle that they can do what they like and can treat the rate payers in Dudley like a piece of dirt.

9 days from now is my date in Court and I will be there, I just hope they will attend as well

Dudley Council have now responded and informed me that they have withdrawn the Court Summons. What a shame, I really looked forward to attend the Court and have my say.

In their response they are saying that if you are unable to pay then you should contact their their Recovery Section and they would do their best to assist.

What is the point of that ?

All they had to do send me another reminder and I would have made my payments up to date as I always have done before. But this would be to simple for them and they clearly prefer to create more work so that they can employ even more staff which is paid by the rate payers.

According to a recent article in the media 25% of the money paid to the Councils goes straight into the pension pot of their employees so that they can retire on FINAL SALARY PENSIONS whilst the employees in the private sector, who are the ones who create the wealth of a country, have to make do with a STATE PENSION which is below the level of most other countries in the EU.

But then, NONE of the people who work in the PUBLIC SECTOR  care about that as they simply use the money other people earn for them.

THEY ARE TOTALLY NON-PRODUCTIVE AND  GOT NO IDEA WHEN IT COMES TO MANAGING RESOURCES WHICH HAVE TO BE EARNED FIRST BEFORE ANY MONEY CAN BE SPENT