Thursday, 13 July 2017
Unjustly treated Revd Paul Nicolson points to the mass-destruction perils of 'push button justice' over civil debt
Guest blog post from Revd Paul Nicolson
Today Highbury Corner Magistrates court, as expected, issued a liability order against me to Haringey Council adding £115 costs.
But far more seriously the magistrate issued liability orders plus costs against 510 Haringey residents by signing a computer printout. That was a small number: sometimes it has been over 2000 at one time by signing a print out. The total number of summons issued by Haringey last year was over 27.000. Nationally there are 3.5 million a year.
The vast majority are issued by computer against local people who can never afford to pay the tax because their benefit incomes have been shredded by central government.
Haringey Councillors ought to be ashamed of themselves for letting such an oppressive law loose on the large number of vulnerable and impoverished residents in the borough. It creates serious hardship.
Great efforts by council staff goes in to collecting the tax from people who cannot pay. No surprise that over £2million is left unpaid every year.
A computer will now send the following threats to residents of the borough vulnerable or not. It is an inhuman process.
Failure to contact
the council on receiving a liability orderwill result in the council taking one of the following methods of recovery to collect the outstanding Council Tax