A Margate pensioner is in the news, promising to go to prison rather than pay a £24 council tax bill.
Winifred Allan is claiming that TDC are hounding her for cash when she says it is the council's fault for not taking the correct payments from her bank.
The sum was recorded as arrears when Winifred moved from a flat to a bungalow in Margate in 2005. But the widow claims she had no clue about it until her April bill arrived last year. Winifred, 66, said: "I have never owed them a penny and I didn't owe £24."
The row over whether Winifred owes the cash or whether the council is liable has escalated to the point of bailiffs demanding payment.
In June Winifred's case was taken to court, but she says she had no idea a summons was issued.
She said: "The letter said they would send the bailiffs round if I did not pay up. I didn't even know they were taking me to court."
At this point Winifred said she would pay but on Wednesday bailiffs called at her bungalow again, demanding more money.
The £24 bill has now rocketed to £212 for court and bailiff fees but Winifred remains defiant.
The former shop worker said: "I will willingly go to prison because of the principle. The council is holding me to ransom for £24 even though it is not my fault."
Thanet council debt recovery chief Bill Peppiatt has vowed to look into the case to see if he can help.