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I am very sorry to read of the above. May I confirm if the council have cited any authority for the division of the bil as to 8 instalments please?
Many thanks. Schedule 1 The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 provides that you have a statutory right to make payments by way of instalments in respect to council tax and that the number of instalments must not be less than 10. Therefore I am unsure of the legal basis for the council to seek to charge as 8 instalments - on the face of it this would appear to be contrary to what is provided for under the above, so the council would have to cite a statutory authority to support a legal right to do so. If they are unable to, which would be my expectation, the instalment schedule should be amended to reflect what is set out in legislation above.
If the council is unwilling to properly address your concerns, you can raise a complaint and escalate to the Local Authority Ombudsman.
The above has been further amended since to provide for a statutory right to pay under 12 instalments however this is only where you are liable for a full years bill so may not apply to this period where you have become solely responsible for the bill part way through the year. However it is something you could ask for in the next billing year potentially.