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THE BITTER AFTERTASTE OF UNPAID POLL TAX

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The problems councils face with uncollected poll tax are examined in The Birmingham Post (p10). ...
The problems councils face with uncollected poll tax are examined in The Birmingham Post (p10).

This week's report from the Audit Commission highlighted councils' dilemma: in most cases the cost of collection of individual debts will soon begin to exceed the money being collected.

The commission's report follows findings from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, which reveals that councils in the West Midlands are still owed £99m in poll tax arrears.

The paper quotes Peter Challis, research officer with the Local Government Information Unit, saying: 'The poll tax left behind it a 'non payment culture', the idea that if you can get away with it they you should do so. We need to encourage people back into the way of thinking that local services have to be paid for.'
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