I have a friend ( yes it really is a friend not me) who paid her council tax late, it was later for three occassions, lets say instead of paying it on the 4th she paid it on the 8th. Anyway she has not only had to pay it all ( which she has up until next year) they are wanting £95 court costs. She has never got a reminder or any letter at any time to say payment was late and when she rung the office this morning they said it was for Merton council admin not court costs. It was applying to the court. She asked why she should pay court costs when she never went. She is a pensioner and £95 is a huge sum for her. Any advice?