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Council tax court summons

Coronavirus: Council Tax

Council Tax payers who pay their council tax instalments over 10 months can contact us and we will extend their payments to 12 months in the financial year. Please call us on 01283 508030 or email council.tax@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk to extend your instalment payments.

Council Tax payers who receive Council Tax Reduction due to receiving low incomes will soon be entitled to a reduction in their Council Tax via the Hardship Fund recently announced by Government.

We collect Council Tax on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, Fire, Police and Parishes. It is vitally important that Council Tax payers continue to pay in accordance with the instalments shown on their bills so that local services can continue to be provided and vulnerable people in our society can be supported, especially during the current pandemic.

A summons will be sent to you to appear at the magistrates' court if:

  1. you have been sent a 1st reminder or 2nd reminder and you have not made full payment on or before the date stated on the reminder; OR
  2. you have been sent a final notice, and you haven’t paid the amount requested on time.

If a summons is sent, you will have to pay summons costs of £60.00. If your payment in full (including the £60.00 summons costs) is received by the council before the date of the court hearing, we will withdraw our application.

If payment is not received in full (including summons costs), we will apply for a liability (court) order together with additional costs of £30.00, which represents the work we have had to do in going to court.

If you want to pay in full, see our ways to pay page. If you wish to discuss how to pay the debt that is due, please contact us in any of the ways shown in the further information section below.

Further information

For further information please contact:

Telephone: 01283 508030 - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Email: council.tax@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

In person: Visit one of our Customer Service Centres in the Market Place, High Street, Burton upon Trent; or the Library in Uttoxeter

Write to us: Revenues Team, PO Box 8045, Burton upon Trent, DE14 9JG