Braintree district: Fury as council grabs £5million in tax days early (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Braintree district: Fury as council grabs £5million in tax days early
2:30pm Friday 7th September 2012 in News
A council blunder meant more than £5million was taken from tax payers accounts four days early.
More than 38,000 residents and 1,700 businesses were affected by the error, which meant September’s instalments were taken out on Thursday instead of Monday.
Many residents awaiting their next pay cheque found themselves overdrawn and facing bank charges.
Amelia Ball, 23, was unable to buy food, groceries or petrol on Thursday.
She said: “I have been told I will not be able to access any money until I am paid on the 31st.
“I was very angry and frustrated.”
The council said it informed the banks of the error and the money was paid back on Friday and taken again on Monday.
Officials believe the problem was caused by human error.
To read full story see this week's Times.