The ‘West End Extra’ reports;
“Bailiffs are sent to chase unpaid council tax bills at more than 1,000 homes in Westminster each month.
Last year more than 12,800 bailiffs’ instructions were issued by Westminster Council.
Meanwhile the number of court summonses sent to people who have failed to keep up-to-date with council tax payments increased by more than 10 per cent last year to 24,552.
Westminster North MP Karen Buck said the figures showed how people were struggling to make ends meet as they faced “rising costs and falling incomes”.
Once instructions have been issued, bailiffs can then turn up to people’s homes and seize their property, which is sold at second-hand values to pay off the debt.
The number of times bailiffs were called in increased from 12,200 in 2010 to 12,800 in 2012 and the number of court summons increased from 20,840 in 2010 to 24,552 in 2012.
Ms Buck said: “All over the country we are seeing a pattern of rising arrears as people struggle with rising costs and falling incomes. This pattern is clearly being repeated in Westminster, as the number of summonses for non-payment of council tax has risen to a staggering 24,552.
“Sadly, a thousand local people have bailiffs instructed every single month.
“Yet advice services are under ¬massive pressure, leaving people ¬desperate for help to manage their fin¬ances. These figures paint a picture of massive financial insecurity.”