Council vows to collect £7m tax bill

PUBLISHED: 08:04 31 October 2011

Darren Clapp at Glentworth Lettings, 56 Orchard Street, WsM. He is having a dispute over Council Tax with North Somerset.

Darren Clapp at Glentworth Lettings, 56 Orchard Street, WsM. He is having a dispute over Council Tax with North Somerset.

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NORTH Somerset Council has defended its record over council tax after the Mercury revealed this week more than £7million remains uncollected, claiming they are better than most.

At a time when the council has to make £47million worth of cuts over four years, a spokesman said they would continue to try and retrieve the money it is owed.

He said: “We have a duty to collect as much council tax as we can and in fact our collection rate of 98.4% is one of the best in the country.”

And he apologised to two men who had received wrongly received letters threatening bailiff action after the council failed to track down the correct tenants.

Landlord Tony Kerr and Darren Clapp, managing director of Glentworth Lettings, were both told they had to pay more than £1,000 between them in undue council tax, when the order should have been made to their tenants who had moved away.

The council’s spokesman said: “We’re sorry that Mr Clapp and Mr Kerr feel they have received a poor service from us. We work very hard in making sure we get up-to-date details and use a variety of measures so we can make sure people pay their dues.”

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