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If you have received a bill for 2017/2018 which is for a higher amount than you were expecting, this could be due to a transitional adjustment. You can find information and examples of how it is calculated on our transitional adjustment page.

When we send a summons we also send a special arrangement which tells you the amount you need to pay and the date it must be paid. As these instalments will go beyond the court date they include court costs of £85.

If you can pay the full outstanding balance before the court date, you will not have to pay the additional court cost.

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If you don’t pay in full by the court date the magistrate will grant a liability order for the amount owed, this gives us the authority of the court to recover the debt. As long as you keep up to date with the instalments on the special arrangement sent with the summons no further recovery action will be taken.

If you don’t pay the instalments on the special arrangement the debt may be passed to the bailiffs where further fees can be added to the outstanding balance. 

You don't have to attend the court hearing, the magistrate has no powers to make a new arrangement or change the special arrangement sent with the summons.

The magistrate will not be able to change the amount you owe.