Undefended/Bulk Liability Orders = Extortionate Costs

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Dear Billing Authority

Complaints to Magistrates for Council Tax (CT) Liability Orders.

Going as far back as is reasonable (eg 5 years), up to the most recent data available, Please could you provide me with a table of information under the following headings:-

1. Date Of hearing
2. Number of CT Accounts Listed on a Complaint
3. Total Court fee paid
4. length of hearing defended/undefended
5. Number of CT accounts Liability Order made against
6. Total costs awarded to Billing authority
7. Actual cost of preparing for and attending the hearing.

Yours faithfully,

Lady Fleming

Philippa Stennett, Tandridge District Council

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Dear Lady Fleming,

Freedom of Information Request re 2019/Foi/1148

Please find enclosed the information requested for items 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 – attachment a.

In regard to number 4 - the length of the hearings are determined on whether anyone attends the court hearing. This is very rare as we are now over in Guildford. The average court hearing lasts approx. 15 minutes with no attenders.

In regard to number 7 – Estimated costs are enclosed - attachment b.

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Yours sincerely

Julie Chester

Business & Income Lead Specialist

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