New figures have revealed residents in Central Bedfordshire owe more than £13 million in unpaid council tax, an average of £117 per household.
Council tax arrears for Central Beds, which includes Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Biggleswade, have reached a staggering £13,142,000 according to a new report by National Debtline – the free advice service run by the Money Advice Trust.
That’s up by £522,000 from 2013/14.
It is the second worst district in Bedfordshire for unpaid taxes behind Luton and amongst the worst nationally.
Joanna Elson OBE, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, said: “We are seeing more and more people seek help with Council Tax arrears – but the fact that Central Bedfordshire residents owe over £13 million makes us concerned that many more people in the area are struggling alone.
“Free debt advice services such as National Debtline are here to help. We would like to see local authorities do everything they can to help residents who are falling behind to seek the free advice that can turn their lives around.
“We know that the earlier a problem is caught, the better the outcome.
“I would urge anyone in the area who is struggling to make their Council Tax payments to contact National Debtline as soon as possible. Our expert advisers are on hand to work through your situation and help you get back on track with your finances.”
National Debtline offers free, independent and confidential advice 24 hours a day online at www.nationaldebtline.org and on 0808 808 4000, Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 9.30am to 1pm.
The Money Advice Trust is a charity which helps people across the UK tackle their debts and manage their money wisely.