Council tax liability order

March 17th, 2016 by James Goudie KC

In Williams v East Northamptonshire District Council [2016] EWHC 470 (Admin) the Court held that the authority’s application, under the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992, S.I.1992/613, for a council tax liability order was not invalidated by its additional inclusion of a claim for an amount of costs. The application contained what it needed to. There was no prohibition against including additional information that was not required at that stage. The application clearly differentiated between the two.  The costs would be claimable in the event that a liability order was made.  There was nothing misleading, no abuse of process, and no usurping of the authority of the Magistrates’ Court with respect to costs.  Indeed the amount of costs that would be claimed, and could in due course be contested, was precisely the sort of information which ought to be made available.

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