Man told to pay year’s council tax
7:41pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A BOLTON man was ordered to pay a year’s council tax bill of £1,600 in full following a series of unpaid monthly bills.
Hakim Zarin, of Salterton Drive, off St Helens Road, was handed a liability order by Bolton Magistrates Court in a case brought by Bolton Council.
Andrew Morrison, acting for the council, said: “Mr Zarin had made two payments of £100 each in April and August, but has become locked in a council tax benefit dispute over what he was entitled to following a redundancy payment.”
Mr Zarin represented himself and said: “There would not be a problem if I was working. I did not make payments because of this dispute over council tax benefit.
“I received an £8,000 redundancy payment, but had outstanding bills which took me below the threshold for council tax benefit.”
However Bolton Council said Mr Zarin’s redundancy payment was actually £16,000, the court heard.
The £1,600 council tax bill represented the full sum for the 2013-14 financial year.
Magistrates found the case proven and advised Mr Zarin to seek legal advice.