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Your Council Tax bill usually asks for your Council Tax to be paid in instalments over ten months.  The date you should pay is on your bill. 


This is normally the first of the Month, unless you decide to pay by Direct Debit, then as an incentive to sign up we offer five different payment dates (the How to Pay page gives you full details of how to sign up for Direct Debit - our most popular method of payment).


At any time, please contact our Council Tax Helpline on 01909 533234 to discuss the notice you have received, we may be able to help discuss a new payment plan.


If you have received a summons for non-payment you need to ring our Debt Recovery Helpline on 01909 533465.


So, what happens if you don't pay: 

First Reminder

If an instalment is overdue, a reminder is issued for the amount of the arrears.  If payment of this amount is made within seven days, your instalments can continue.  If you can't pay the amount of the arrears within seven days, you lose the right to pay by instalments and the whole balance on your Council Tax account is due to be paid.  If you do not pay the whole amount a Summons for non-payment will be issued.  Please be aware, a reminder is not sent every month

Second Reminder

If you paid in full the arrears on your first reminder, but you are late paying a further instalment a second reminder will be issued.  If payment of your arrears is made within seven days then you can continue with your original instalment plan.  If you do not pay the arrears you will lose the right to pay by instalments and you must pay the whole balance on your Council Tax account within the next seven days or a summons for non-payment will be issued.  Please be aware that you will not receive a further reminder.  Only two reminders are issued in any one financial year.

Final Notice

If another instalment is missed then the whole balance on your Council Tax account becomes due and a Final Notice is issued, if this is not paid within seven days then a Summons for non-payment will be issued.


If you have not paid after receiving a reminder notice, or have not paid the whole amount of the final notice then you will receive a Summons for non-payment of your Council Tax.  At this point you will incur an additional £80 in costs.  If you pay the whole amount on the Summons including the costs then the case will not go before the Magistrates Court.


If payment is not made in full then whatever balance remains unpaid will go before the Magistrates Court to ask for a Liability Order to be awarded to Bassetlaw District Council.  This entitles us to take further steps to recover the money from you.

Liability Order

If the amount shown on the summons is not paid in full by the court date the Council will apply to the Magistrates Court for a liability order. An order will be granted to the Council if the Court is satisfied that the Council has followed the correct procedures in setting and requesting payment of the Council Tax.  

Citizens Advice Bureau

You can also contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.  In the Bassetlaw area the opening hours are:


Worksop - Monday and Wednesday 9.30 am - 3.00 pm, Friday 9.30 am - 12:00 noon

Retford - Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 2:00 pm


There is also a telephone helpline which is operated during the same opening hours, this is 0844 856 3411.


They also have a useful website which gives advice and information not only on Council Tax matters but debt and money matters in general.

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