Crackdown on tax dodgers

THE amount owed by council-tax and business-rate dodgers in north Norfolk has passed half a million pounds.Bailiffs are set to step in to help North Norfolk District Council recover some of the debt - which stands at �665,000 - by taking away goods and property unless people arrange to pay what they owe beforehand.

THE amount owed by council-tax and business-rate dodgers in north Norfolk has passed half a million pounds.

Bailiffs are set to step in to help North Norfolk District Council recover some of the debt - which stands at �665,000 - by taking away goods and property unless people arrange to pay what they owe beforehand.

The last time the council had a crackdown on council-tax evaders in September, it was looking to collect a total of �400,000 in unpaid bills - but that figure has risen by more than �200,000. About �280,000 of new debt was built up in 2008/09.

Debtors will have been written to in the past about the money they owe and should contact the bailiff to arrange to pay their bills by next Friday before the crackdown begins on February 9.

To find out how to contact the bailiff, call the NNDC's council tax team on 01263 516230.