Southwark council has adopted a 'get tough policy towards non-payers. In all, 107,460 people were sent invoices on 1 April and 33,394 have received a summons for missing two or more instalments.
Although some have now paid up, 22,911 are due in court. They face a 33 per cent surcharge and must meet the tax in full. Another 29,578 final reminders have been issued this year.