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SOUTHWARK SORRY FOR£235 TAX BILL SUICIDE

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Southwark LBC has apologised after it emerged a man killed himself after he was wrongly sent a council tax bill. ...
Southwark LBC has apologised after it emerged a man killed himself after he was wrongly sent a council tax bill.

George Hilleard, who had learning difficulties, was sent a summons for unpaid council tax of£235.

He had applied for council tax benefit and should have been exempt. But his Jobseekers Allowance was mistakenly stopped and he was sent a court summons from CSL, which handles Southwark's council tax and benefits service.

A statement from the council said: 'Mr Hilleard's death was a tragedy and we are deeply sorry for the distress we caused. We are doing everything in our power to ensure that such a dreadful incident should not happen again.'

The council said customer care training and better liaison between relevant services have been introduced.
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