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Checking Council Tax account before summonsing (LGO Decision 18 018 357)

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Dear Middlesbrough Council,

The Ombudsman's decision (18 018 357) states in paragraph 12:

https://www.lgo.org.uk/decisions/benefit...

'12. Mrs X wants the Council to manually check an account before issuing a summons. However, council tax is largely an automated process and councils do not have the resources to check every account.'

Middlesbrough Council add £75.00 for the issue of a summons and liability order (court costs) and the law only provides that the council may charge a defendant the costs it incurs (no more).

If the council does not manually check the account before it institutes court proceedings then how does it arrive at a figure of £75.00 as the amount of expenditure it incurs for the court costs (lawfully)?

Yours faithfully,

Adam Adams

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Dear Middlesbrough Council,

Response to this request is delayed. By law, Middlesbrough Council should normally have responded promptly and by 9 September 2019.

Yours faithfully,

Adam Adams

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Dear Mr Adams

I refer to your email received on 12th September 2019, regarding your request for information. Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your request. I am awaiting the information from the Revenue and Benefits team and will update you shortly on progress.

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