If the amount(s) due have not been paid, recovery action has been taken against you. The Summons includes costs, which have now been incurred. If the total amount due, is not paid, the court will be asked to grant a Liability Order against you.
You do not have to attend court:
- If you do not dispute that you owe the amount due.
- If the total amount due, including costs is paid before the date of the hearing.
If you are having difficulty paying the full payment, you must contact us as soon as possible with your proposed payment arrangement by completing the online payment arrangement form found in the Do it online section of this web page.
All payment arrangements must be made with the agreement of the Council.
The Council will still apply for a Liability Order but won't take any further proceedings if you make the payments as agreed.
If you dispute that you owe the amount due, contact the Council before the Court hearing date.
A Liability Order allows the Council to deduct money from certain benefits or your wages, or to ask enforcement agency (bailiff) to collect the money from you.
We could also obtain a charging order, take bankruptcy proceedings or committal proceedings.