A bailiff sent by Caerphilly County Borough Council to collect a council tax debt threatened to change the locks of a Bargoed woman’s home if she did not pay up.
The unnamed mother said the bailiff first visited her home last month over a £180 unpaid council tax bill.
The woman, who does not wish to be named, told the Western Mail there were no warning letters and that when she contacted the council, she was told the bailiff had added a further £200 charge.
The bailiff reportedly came back to visit the woman last week and told her that if she did not pay £75 he would come back and change the locks. Each visit from the bailiff adds a further £20 to the total.
The unpaid council tax dates from March 2012.
The woman told the newspaper: “I’ve got four children – how am I going to get that money?”
A Caerphilly Council spokesman said: “We are unable to comment on individual cases, but the council makes every effort to assist residents who are in arrears before taking further action.”