Tax debt hotspots revealed

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People living in the more affluent areas of Sheffield owe the most in individual council tax debt, figures have shown.

One resident in Broomhill owes more than £14,000 – that compares to an annual bill of £1,493 for a Band D property in the city.

The figures show Sheffield Central, Burngreave, Manor Castle and Darnall wards have the highest collective outstanding amounts of more than £2 million each, out of a total debt of more than £38 million.

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Council chiefs say they are taking more action than ever to get the £38m total repaid – but have been criticised by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, said: “If people who can afford it are not paying their council tax, the council should be pursuing them, no matter where they live.”

Meanwhile residents say that more support is needed for struggling families in the city who cannot afford pay their bills.