Unpaid council tax rises to nearly £14million in Peterborough and 32million in Cambridgeshire

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The amount of council tax unpaid by Peterborough residents has risen by more than £2million in the last year.

The amount owed to Peterborough City Council has gone up from £11,473,000 or £144 per household, to £13,717,000, the equivalent of £170 per home.

The figure has been highlighted by National Debtline, the free advice service run by the Money Advice Trust, which helped 444 Peterborough households in 2014.

The rest of Cambridgeshire has also seen a significant rise in unpaid council tax.

In Fenland the figure rose from £1,909,000 in 2013-2014 to £2,677,000 in 2014-15. In Cambridge the figure rose from £9,713,000 to £9,889,000, in East Cambridgeshire it rose from £2,118,000 to £2,499,000 while in South Cambridgeshire it increased from £1,198,000 to £1,306,000.

The only area of Cambridgeshire to see a drop in the amount of unpaid council tax was Huntingdonshire, falling from £2,791,000 to £2,766,000.

Joanna Elson OBE, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline, said: “We are seeing more and more people seek help with Council Tax arrears – but the fact that Cambridgeshire residents owe £32million 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 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.