Saturday, 10 December 2011

Gedling Borough Council hounded mentally-ill pensioner over unpaid tax-bill

A MENTALLY-ill pensioner was hounded by a “blinkered and aggressive” council that ran up a bill totalling £200,000 by chasing a debt of just £1,900.

The council spent £50,000 in legal costs alone. But now a judge has ruled Gedling wrongly ignored the fact that Mr Evans was vulnerable. As a result, the legal action has been quashed.

Now the council must also foot the bill of £70,000 in trustee fees, plus Mr Evans’s legal bill of £80,000 — a total of £200,000, which is more than 100 times the original debt.

The bill relating to the failed prosecution of Mr Evans’s case will not be paid by local taxpayers. The council says it has an insurance policy to cover such expenses.

My Comment: Wow, I didn't know you could insure yourself against stupidity.

Read the full story from the source Dispatch

Read my earlier post on the subject

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