Kent Online report:

Thanet council used bailiffs to recover unpaid council tax and business rates more than 5,000 times last year – the highest of any authority in Kent.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the council resorted to bailiffs on 5,393 occasions to chase unpaid council tax in 2012-13.

It also took 6,241 people to court for failing to pay their council tax – also the highest number of any council.

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