Lewes and Wealden taxpayers are millions in arrears

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Taxpayers in Lewes and Wealden are millions of pounds in arrears, according to latest statistics (2014-2015).

In the Wealden district, unpaid council tax totals £5,979,000 - an increase of £224,000 from 2013-2014 and the equivalent of £89 per household.

In the Lewes district, £2,011,000 of unpaid council tax is owed, up from £1,855,000 in 2013-2014. The value is the equivalent of £46 per home.

The figures were highlighted by the National Debtline, the free advice service run by the Money Advice Trust, which also revealed 89 calls were made to the National Debtline from Wealden residents in 2014, and 112 calls by Lewes residents.

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 Eastbourne residents owe £7.162 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 YOUR 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.

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