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COUNCILS USING ALL MEANS TO COLLECT DEBTS: BEECHAM

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Councils are using every available means to collect poll tax and council tax, Association of Metropolitan Authoriti...
Councils are using every available means to collect poll tax and council tax, Association of Metropolitan Authorities chair Jeremy Beecham told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning.

'Poll tax may be dead and buried but its ghost survives to haunt us and will do for years yet', he said.

Sir Jeremy denied there was a lack of political will to collect in Labour controlled authorities such as Haringey and Liverpool, which have the highest arrears.

Inner city areas have always been the most difficult for poll tax collection because of the movement of population, he said.

He pointed out that the money, if recovered, could not be used to pay for teachers but would go to reduce the council tax.
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