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Council Tax: Non-payment

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 13920, tabled on 28 October 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the decision in R (Nicolson) v Tottenham Magistrates' Court to declare the applicant's liability order unlawful, what steps HM Courts and Tribunals Service has taken to ensure that magistrates satisfy themselves that the amount claimed by way of costs by local authorities in any individual case summonsed for late or non-payment of council tax is no more than that reasonably incurred by the authority.

Answered on

2 November 2015

The decision as to whether to award costs in applications for liability orders and in what amount is a matter of judicial discretion in each individual case.

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