Unpaid rates bill now £250,000

BUSINESSES owe nearly £250,000 in unpaid rates to Bolton Council.

Town Hall chiefs have taken 71 businesses to court to try and reclaim some of the £235,520.50 owed in business rates.

Magistrates imposed liability orders on the businesses, which gives the council the power to use bailiffs to get the money.

But council chiefs have said bailiffs are used as a “last resort”.

Of the 71 businesses taken to court, 21 made arrangements to pay before the court case.

The money owed ranges from a few hundred pounds to more than £10,000.

The most owed by one individual business is £17,121.59.

Businesses owing money include takeaways, a post office, restaurants, shops, petrol stations, exercise centres and education centres.

It comes just three months after the council took 49 businesses to court in September to try and reclaim £253,430.29 in unpaid rates.

Three weeks ago, the council took 725 residents to court in an attempt to get them to pay £414,658.64 owed in unpaid Council Tax.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “The council collects business rates on behalf of the Government and is responsible for ensuring all businesses pay their contributions.

“If any business does not pay their rates on time, we will send reminders and offer them the opportunity to arrange a payment plan.

“We encourage businesses to contact us, either to arrange payment of the rates, or to provide any extenuating circumstances why they have not been able to pay.

“As a last resort, we will apply to the court for a Liability Order, which gives us the authority to engage bailiffs to recover the money.”

The council wants to encourage people struggling to pay their council tax bills to get in touch as they may be able to help.

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10:18am Sat 29 Dec 12

notgonehome says...

I get the feeling this will be far higher by the end of 2013
I get the feeling this will be far higher by the end of 2013 notgonehome

10:24am Sat 29 Dec 12

Citizen Cane says...

Name. shame and address and then send the bailiffs in. This situation is deeply offensive to those who pay on time.

Now, if payment is optional and there is no real sanction, why doesn't everyone just not pay? That show syou haw ridiculous this situation is.
Name. shame and address and then send the bailiffs in. This situation is deeply offensive to those who pay on time. Now, if payment is optional and there is no real sanction, why doesn't everyone just not pay? That show syou haw ridiculous this situation is. Citizen Cane

10:27am Sat 29 Dec 12

Citizen Cane says...

BTW - the unpaid rates bill is now £670,000: the journalistic standard on the BN is going downhill vertically. How much did they "save" on shutting libraries?
BTW - the unpaid rates bill is now £670,000: the journalistic standard on the BN is going downhill vertically. How much did they "save" on shutting libraries? Citizen Cane

5:03pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Rocket_Scientist says...

Why doesn't the council use it's new found friend twitter to name and shame the none payers or shame them into leaving the area. Why publish this story now at Christmas when we have all struggled to make ends meet? Is it to make us enjoy the new year?
Why doesn't the council use it's new found friend twitter to name and shame the none payers or shame them into leaving the area. Why publish this story now at Christmas when we have all struggled to make ends meet? Is it to make us enjoy the new year? Rocket_Scientist

7:45pm Sat 29 Dec 12

farnworth's mafia says...

i wonder why. have you seen how bloody much they charge. the rates are ridulously high. in the currently climate its very tough for every business , and heres you wingings and dole dossers giving your opinions.


eg.a particular building is farnworth town centre has business rates of about 100 a week . if you add business rates , rent ,wages, electrics and gas,cost of goods brought in compared against his wages the guy does even get to take a wage home. so what is expectedof him.

ps. above example is factual.
i wonder why. have you seen how bloody much they charge. the rates are ridulously high. in the currently climate its very tough for every business , and heres you wingings and dole dossers giving your opinions. eg.a particular building is farnworth town centre has business rates of about 100 a week . if you add business rates , rent ,wages, electrics and gas,cost of goods brought in compared against his wages the guy does even get to take a wage home. so what is expectedof him. ps. above example is factual. farnworth's mafia

12:05am Sun 30 Dec 12

Brit moaner says...

mustafa-moan says...
6:57pm Sat 29 Dec 12
Hello, hello, takeaways, post offices, education centres and petrol stations, hmmm!!
same old racist
SHUT IT !!!!!
mustafa-moan says... 6:57pm Sat 29 Dec 12 Hello, hello, takeaways, post offices, education centres and petrol stations, hmmm!! same old racist SHUT IT !!!!! Brit moaner

1:27am Sun 30 Dec 12

steveG says...

The reason the town centre is a ghost town is the business rates are ridiculously and unsustainably high.
The proceeds go to pay ridiculously high salaries to council officials who are a drain on resources and are of no benefit to this once great community.
The reason the town centre is a ghost town is the business rates are ridiculously and unsustainably high. The proceeds go to pay ridiculously high salaries to council officials who are a drain on resources and are of no benefit to this once great community. steveG

10:34am Sun 30 Dec 12

normid norm says...

Does not surprise me with the rates payable in Bolton are very expensive and businesses get nothing in return for the rates they pay, not even the bins emptied as that is an additional cost.
We have a growing family business and relocated to bury last year due to the cost of rates in Bolton. When we were in Bolton our rates went up to nearly more than our rent.
When you consider the cost of salaries paid to Councilor Morris & his cronies, it make you angry!
Does not surprise me with the rates payable in Bolton are very expensive and businesses get nothing in return for the rates they pay, not even the bins emptied as that is an additional cost. We have a growing family business and relocated to bury last year due to the cost of rates in Bolton. When we were in Bolton our rates went up to nearly more than our rent. When you consider the cost of salaries paid to Councilor Morris & his cronies, it make you angry! normid norm

3:10pm Sun 30 Dec 12

saj70n says...

It sounds like the corporate companies are at it again i.e. McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, Burger King ect.....
It sounds like the corporate companies are at it again i.e. McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, Burger King ect..... saj70n

3:13pm Sun 30 Dec 12

saj70n says...

mustafa-moan wrote:
Hello, hello, takeaways, post offices, education centres and petrol stations, hmmm!!
get a life
[quote][p][bold]mustafa-moan[/bold] wrote: Hello, hello, takeaways, post offices, education centres and petrol stations, hmmm!![/p][/quote]get a life saj70n

3:58pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Andyroost says...

mustafa-moan wrote:
Hello, hello, takeaways, post offices, education centres and petrol stations, hmmm!!
and corner shops
[quote][p][bold]mustafa-moan[/bold] wrote: Hello, hello, takeaways, post offices, education centres and petrol stations, hmmm!![/p][/quote]and corner shops Andyroost

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