Sheffield Council crackdown on council tax to recover £26.5m debt

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ALMOST 9,000 people have been issued with summonses in Sheffield in a crackdown on residents who have not paid their council tax.

Sheffield Council is attempting to recover millions of pounds as it continues to face huge cuts in Government funding.

It has written to 8,749 households warning them to pay up or face court action.

And more than 1,000 have repaid £780,000 since the letters were sent this month.

The Star revealed earlier this year how the council was owed more than £26.5 million in unpaid council tax it had failed to collect over the past 12 years.

If the money is still not paid by the remaining 7,696 households, magistrates can then grant liability orders so the council can recover the debt, in some cases through bailiffs.

And further summonses are set to be issued to thousands more residents behind with their council tax at later dates.