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Arrears and debt recovery

Liability orders

A liability order is a demand for you to pay the full amount you owe us, plus any costs. 

If the magistrates issue a liability order, we are allowed to: 

  • ask your employer to regularly take money from your salary
  • take money from your Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • ask enforcement officers to collect the debt 
  • put a charging order on your home
  • apply to make you bankrupt 
  • apply to the court to send you to prison  

Before we consider taking any of these options we will ask you about your personal and financial situation.

Find out more about council powers to recover debt