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Time is running out to correct your council tax
Time is running out to correct your council tax

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If you are struggling to keep up with your Council Tax payments, there are number of organisations that you can turn to for advice.

For example, StepChange Debt Charity provides impartial guidance and solutions for free. You can call them on 0800 138 1111 to arrange a personal action plan. Alternatively, contact you local Council for helpful advice. www.EssexCouncilTax.co.uk/contact
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It can be easy to overlook updating your details in the excitement of moving in with someone new, be it friend, family or partner. However, it is important that you let the council know about the change in your living circumstances, as you will no longer be able to claim a single person discount.

Contact your local authority to make sure they’re aware. www.EssexCouncilTax.co.uk/council-tax-fraud
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Did you know there are more young people in apprenticeships than ever before?

Circumstances such as this could affect the amount of Council Tax you pay. If you are under 25 and receive funding from the Skills Funding Agency, you may be eligible for a discount.

We have compiled a list of scenarios where you may be entitled to discounts or exemptions from Council Tax. Read for yourself at www.EssexCouncilTax.co.uk/exemptions-discounts.
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Failing to pay your Council Tax could result in a Liability Order being issued if you are taken to court. This could lead to your debt being recovered by alternate methods. For example, Enforcement Agents could be sent to remove and sell some of your possessions, or legal proceedings may be brought against you.

To find out more about the consequences of not paying your Council Tax, visit our website: www.EssexCouncilTax.co.uk/consequences.
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Are you aware of the impact your Council Tax has on supporting those in need?

This year, Essex County Council will spend £493 million towards helping vulnerable adults in your community. This is their biggest area of spending, providing essential services ranging from respite support to placing those in need of constant assistance in care homes.

To find out more about how your Council Tax is used to benefit your community, visit www.EssexCouncilTax.co.uk/spending.
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Whether you have incorrectly claimed Council Tax discounts and exemptions by accident or intentionally, we will be able to identify you and where you live. This is thanks to the introduction of new, advanced technology.

Don’t get caught out –check your details now: www.EssexCouncilTax.co.uk/contact.
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Don’t forget that although you were exempt from Council Tax as a student, this is no longer the case once you have graduated or left full-time education.

It is important when you start working to contact your local authority to ensure they are aware of this change. If not, you could be unintentionally committing fraud.

Get in touch today: www.EssexCouncilTax.co.uk/council-tax-fraud
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Providing you are aged 18 or over and you either own or rent a home, you are legally required to pay Council Tax. However, there are certain circumstances that may reduce the amount you pay.

For instance, student nurses and live-in carers may not be required to pay the full rate of Council Tax. If you believe you are entitled to a discount or exempt entirely, find out on our website: www.EssexCouncilTax.co.uk/exemptions-discounts
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In 2016/17, £625 million will be spent on Education and Lifelong services. This money goes toward school improvement, increasing capacity and helping to provide for those with special needs.

For more information on how your Council Tax is spent, visit our website: www.EssexCouncilTax.co.uk/spending.
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Today may be Halloween, but don’t let Council Tax be a cause for concern.

Failure to pay your Council Tax could result in a Liability Order being granted, enabling us to collect the fund you owe through alternate methods. For example, if you own a property we could put a charging order on your home, meaning that the debt will be paid back automatically if and when you choose to sell your property. www.EssexCouncilTax.co.uk/consequences.
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