Right, im afraid im going to have a little rant here folks just incase any of you are enjoying the lovely process of trying to sort out council tax exemption and would like some courage in your hour of need.
Last week, my housemate and I both received a Court summons from Birmingham City Council due to the fact that we had not paid our council tax, thus we also received a rather large cheque much to our shock and horror. This was because we had not sent off our council tax certificates (as most of you will know, students are exempt from paying council tax)
The very fact that the council had taken it as far as setting a court date for two weeks time causes me some a great deal of distress. For several reasons…
Not only do they know that Selly Oak is absolutely full of students and so it was most likely that in our case, we just had not sent the correct forms off, not infact as they assumed, ignoring the bills, but we weren’t even receiving any council tax bills in the first place!
Furthermore, in letting it appear that Birmingham city council knew we were students by not sending us any bills or reminders to pay, my housemates and I had miraculously ran up over £100 in ‘charges’. Is this my friends, due to the amount of paper and ink that the council waste in sending out Court summons to students?
The saga continues… when I rang them this morning to explain the situation, it seemed they were already prepared for my problem as I had a special number to press that dealt with council tax summons. This tells me I am not the only one in this situation, infact i have gathered that it happens all the time.
And just one last little moan – when i got through to the council, I was also told by an automated voice that my call was placed in a queue and that I would have to wait. My caller number? TWELVE. As you may have gathered, I had to wait a long time, surprise surprise…