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A total of£1.56bn is still owed to English and Welsh local authorities in unpaid community charge, according to Se...
A total of £1.56bn is still owed to English and Welsh local authorities in unpaid community charge, according to September 1994 figures published today by the Audit Commission and by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, the Financial Times reports (p8).

This figure is down from £2.4bn in April 1993 when the new council tax was introduced.

Outstanding debts from council tax are significantly lower, at a little over £200m. Collection costs for the property-based tax are lower too, at £338.5m with court costs around £26.6m. The cost of recovering overdue poll tax payments in 1993 -94 was £145.4m, with £35.1m in court costs being recovered, according the CIPFA.

This equates to a cost of 25p for every £1 for poll tax recovery, against 10p for every £1 for council tax.

More than 1,000 people were imprisoned last year for non-payment of the community charge, the Financial Times reports.

The paper reports that Lambeth LBC has the highest level of poll tax outstanding, totalling £84.8m at March last year. Closely following are Haringey LBC, Newham LBC and Liverpool City Council.

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