Note to customers: Our Council Tax, Housing Benefits and Business Rates computer systems are unavailable from 2.30pm on Friday 28 February to prepare for 2014-15 Council Tax bills, Business Rates bills and Benefit letters. It should be back Tuesday 4 March - an exact time isn’t available. Customer service advisors at the Council House can answer general enquires but can’t view individual accounts.
Council Tax and Business Rates will move to an appointment only service from 1st August 2013. You can book an appointment by visiting our reception at the Council House.
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You normally pay Council Tax in 10 monthly payments, but we offer different ways to pay and payment dates. We also offer 12 monthly payment plans, complete our online form to apply. Here are the ways you can pay...
We encourage payment by direct debit and offer a choice of convenient payment dates, 1st, 10th, 15th, 25th or 28th. You can also choose to pay weekly, over 12 instalments or twice yearly.
To pay by direct debit you will need to complete a direct debit form. You can do this by completing:
You can pay using all major debit or credit cards through our online payments service.
You can pay by credit or debit card using our 24 hour automated payments service on 0845 600 1982. Please have your Council Tax account number and your payment card with you when you phone.
Payment can be made at any Post Office or a PayPoint outlet using the barcode that is printed on the front of your bill. This barcode is specific to your account.
PayPoint is for cash payments only but you can use any PayPoint outlet across the country. PayPoint collection terminals are located in newsagents, convenience stores, supermarkets, garages and off-licences. You can search for your nearest collection point on the Paypoint website.
You can pay by cash at our Customer Service Centre, The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby. Please bring your Council Tax bill with you when you pay.
Please do not send cash by post.
If you are having difficulties paying your bill, please contact us straight away - don't wait for a reminder. If you do not get in touch early we might not be able to help you and recovery proceedings could be taken which will cost you more money.
Your bill may be too high because you have not claimed any discounts, exemptions, disabled relief or Council Tax benefit you may qualify for. You may also be entitled to Housing Benefit, which would reduce the amount of rent that you pay.
List all the money you have coming in. Don't forget to include yours and your partner's take home pay, benefits, income from people who live with you, and regular income, such as works pension or maintenance. Check you are getting all the benefits you may qualify for, as some people miss out on income they are entitled to.
Then list where your money goes. Your rent and mortgage are the most important bills followed by fuel and water. Council Tax payments take priority over debts such as credit cards, catalogues and loans.
From this you will be able to see how much you can offer to pay and it will help us to come to an arrangement with you.
The Derby Advice team provides free, confidential and independent advice on all welfare benefits. Visit the Money Advice page for more information.
A reminder for non-payment of Council Tax is normally issued around 14 days after an instalment is due. If the reminder and further payments are not paid on time, then the right to pay by instalments is cancelled and the full amount left for the year becomes due. Then, if the full amount isn’t paid, a court summons may be sent in as little as 21 days after a reminder. This adds costs to the amount due which are payable by you.
If you receive a summons for non-payment of Council Tax and you wish to dispute the charge, have any queries about a summons or would like to discuss an arrangement to pay, contact us as the Court cannot accept payment or make any arrangements. Where two or more people are responsible for paying the bill copies of the summons will be sent to each person named on the account for the total balance outstanding and the costs.However, costs will only be charged once.
You have the right to attend the court hearing to present your case to the Magistrates if you wish. However, you do not need to attend if you have made arrangements to pay.
Proceedings can only be stopped in some circumstances, for example:
If any of the above applies to you or you have any other queries please contact us before the hearing date.
If you don't pay the amount on the summons the Council will apply to the Magistrate’s Court for a liability order. This gives us the power to demand information about your earnings and employment and various steps can be taken to recover your debt. These can include:
An Attachment of Earnings order is made to clear Council Tax arrears by taking a regular payment directly from your wages (employers can charge a deduction made for administration).
An Attachment of Benefits can be applied when a magistrate has granted a liability order for non-payment of Council Tax and you are claiming income support or Jobseeker's Allowance. An application is made to the Department of Work and Pensions for weekly deductions direct from the benefit.
If contact or payment in full is not made, then arrears may be passed to a bailiff to recover the debt. Bailiffs can take goods from your home to clear the arrears and will charge extra costs.
If the bailiffs cannot recover the arrears the Council may apply to the Magistrate's court for a warrant to send you to prison. This step will only be taken when all other efforts have failed.