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Pensioner hits out at people who don't pay their council tax

By citizenmike  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

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Angry pensioner Ian Bryan has hit out at news that £3.1million remains unpaid in council tax in Gloucester.

The figure is still owed to Gloucester City Council, who collect the tax which is then shared between the county council, city council and police and fire authorities.

The 73-year-old, of Upton St Leonards, said: "Why are the council letting these people get away without paying their council tax?

"Once my wife and I fell behind with our council tax and I made an agreement to repay it over three or four months. It was no problem and it was sorted.

"The council needs to get tough on these people."

A new group called the Recovery Forum has been formed to look at how people who can't pay are helped and how those who won't pay can be dealt with.

The group is made up of the city council, Civica, GL Communities, Citizens Advice Bureau and The Law Centre.

Councillor Debbie Llewellyn, cabinet member heading up the council's finances, said: "This group is working together at putting in early interventions so we can reduce the numbers of people going to the full recovery stage."

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  • Ysedra  |  December 28 2012, 11:25AM

    So, no need to name and shame council tax dodgers *just* yet...

  • eyeopener  |  December 27 2012, 9:56PM

    You can't really blame Ian Bryan for feeling aggrieved at the apparent loss of council tax and by implication the way that would inflate everyones bill. Yes he has misunderstood the situation but thats the fault of sensationalist articles in the TIG such as appeared on Dec 20 '£3million council tax black hole revealed in Gloucester'. When the facts were scrutinised it said the uncollected figure quoted dated back to 1993, 19 years. Well, if council tax is being collected at almost £50m now then say, on average it was £45m dating back to 1993. That's £855,000,000.......so £3,200,000 is a fraction 1%.... Also the figure is not all owed to Gloucester City Council. They collect the tax which is then shared between the county council, city council and police and fire authorities. Gloucester City's performance of having just 1% owing per annum would make most businesses envious.

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  • SELINA30  |  December 27 2012, 9:24PM

    Many poor pensioners cant pay. Does our MP recieve a discount?

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  • Jewbacca  |  December 27 2012, 11:56AM

    I already AM an old goat! My issue is TiG pimping random views from the public as news. Why should I care what this man thinks?

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  • dodoleduck  |  December 27 2012, 11:32AM

    I wouldn't worry too much about "Jew Bacca" lasting very long. If the pseudonym is a reflection of the authors favourite hobby they probably have a mouthful of rotten teeth already. Maybe that's why they are so bad humoured.

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  • EllJay1  |  December 27 2012, 11:17AM

    Jewbacca - did you get out of bed the wrong side this morning? If I were Mr Bryan and was referred to as "some old goat" by someone who doesn't know me, I would feel offended.

  • IsitJimKerr  |  December 27 2012, 11:02AM

    Jewbacca............one day, you'll be an 'old goat', and if you think your views are important now, you will think them even more after you have paid in to society for as long as Mr Bryan has. He has a point of course, in that areas that need funding are either going short, or are being paid in full by charging the rest of us that do paym, that extra £3.1m. I suspect it's the latter, in that the Council has to balance it's books. I'm more than a little concerned given that we already have a problem costing £3.1m, there is now a 'Recovery Forum' that will have huge costs. Debbie Llewellyn says: "This group is working together at putting in early interventions so we can reduce the numbers of people going to the full recovery stage." Are they being judged on results?.....I doubt it, but a collection agency are. And if just one payment goes unpaid through my bank, I get a letter, so why are these not followed up within say, ten days, with 'early intervention'? I really do wonder about the ability of many of our civil servants to carry out their job properly.

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  • Jewbacca  |  December 27 2012, 9:37AM

    Who cares what some old goat thinks. Is this news?!

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