STOP THE COUNCILS UNLAWFULLY INFLATING THEIR COSTS AND CALCULATIONS.

STOP THE COUNCILS UNLAWFULLY INFLATING THEIR COSTS AND CALCULATIONS.

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PAUL PATTERSON started this petition to Government and

A campaign to have all council's costs for council tax summonses and liability orders examined by an independent (qualified) party. Not the IRRV. Magistrates are approving council's highy inflated costs and calcuations

Regulation 34(7) of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 (SI 1992 No.613) ("the Regulations") provides that when granting a liability order the court shall make an order reflecting the aggregate of the outstanding council tax and "a sum of an amount equal to the costs reasonably incurred by the applicant in obtaining the order." 

As a matter of straightforward construction of Regulation 34(7) that means that the Magistrates must be satisfied:
 

i) that the local authority has actually incurred those costs; 

ii) that the costs in question were incurred in obtaining the liability order; and

iii) that it was reasonable for the local authority to incur them.

I suspected that the costs are being used as a form of penalty or deterrent, or as a means of covering the Council's general administrative costs of collecting council tax, rather than reflecting any actual or fair appraisal of the actual costs incurred by them in enforcing the obligation to pay. 

EXAMPLE OF COSTS AND CALCULATIONS BEING HIGHLY INFLATED: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mKnl7HRxC2GTFeJvEQgnKRD_AIecp2Cg/view?fbclid=IwAR1LcDJ0nN5xOSaCwqYZRemvItSVmykMVTVyowEChN4cir2ig8JlvZqzhCU

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