Law firm set to chase council tax

Coun Alan Vincent, Wyre Council
Coun Alan Vincent, Wyre Council
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Council tax dodgers in Wyre could be targeted by a team of specialist lawyers under plans drawn up by town hall bosses.

Law firm Greenhalgh Keer has been lined up for a six-month pilot scheme that could see residents who refuse to pay up pursued more aggressively.

A report published by Wyre Council’s resources portfolio holder Coun Alan Vincent (pictured), who will make a decision on the plans next week, said chasing up the most persistent offenders is too “time-consuming and costly”.

He added: “Unfortunately, the council does not have the in-house resources for anything more than the occasional case.”

Wigan-based Greenhalgh, which currently has arrangements with 35 local authorities, specialises in chasing up council tax and business rate debts.

The trial scheme, which would cost the council nothing, will “test the water” with a dozen pre-selected cases.