IMPORTANT - If you wish to pay your instalments on any day other than the first working day of the month then you MUST pay in advance, so that payment reaches the Council on or before the due date.
If your payment is late you will receive a reminder very shortly after the due date and, if you do not bring your instalments up to date, or if you continue to make late payments in subsequent months, the Council may withdraw the instalment facility and demand settlement of the full year's Council Tax immediately.
In fairness to the majority of Council Tax payers who do pay on time, the Council will not hesitate to institute legal proceedings against those who do not.
If we do have to take this action, we will make an application for a Liability Order at Woking Magistrates' Court, which will entitle the Council to:
instruct a bailiff to recover the debt
order an employer to make deductions from earnings
apply for part of any Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance to be paid direct to the Council
commence bankruptcy proceedings against the debtor
make a charge upon the debtor's home (if he/she owns it)
The Council may also apply for the debtor to be committed to prison, for up to three months, if the reason for non-payment is wilful refusal or is due to culpable neglect
DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU