FOI request (FOI-93025823)
Bailiffs and Bankruptcy
Requested Wed 24 October 2018
Responded Thu 01 November 2018
Dear FOI officer,
I write to make a freedom of information request concerning council tax.
1. Please supply a copy of your council's procedure for dealing with unpaid council tax, including a timeline of when bailiffs are involved and bankruptcy charges filed.
2. For each of the past five financial years and the year to date to 15.10.2018, please provide: The number of individuals owing outstanding council tax in the following categories of arrears: £0-5k, £5k-10k, £10-15k, etc in 5k intervals up to £50k+?
3. Please state:
a)Total spend on bailiff recovery services b)Total recovered council tax by bailiff providers
in each of the last five financial years, and the current financial year to 15.10.18
4. Please provide a list of all bailiff companies used by your council during the period specified above.
5. Please state: a) the number of individuals your council has brought bankruptcy charges against in each of the last five financial years, and the current financial year to 15.10.18. b) Please state how many of these bankruptcy charges that were successful c) Please provide a list of all administration companies used by your council for the specified period d) Please state the total spend by your council on administration companies for the specified period. e) Please state the total cost recovered following a successful bankruptcy charge.I would like to receive the information electronically. If you have previously released information relevant to my request, please include it in your correspondence to me.
ResponseQ1 - Recovery procedures attached. Please note that debts that go into Enforcement (Bailiff) will only happen where the customer does not make an arrangement one.The timeline is:Bill Reminder - 14 days after instalment has been overdueReminder 2 - 14 days after the second time instalment has become overdueFinal - 14 days after reminder not paidSummons - At least 14 days after final not paid in full (we only currently summons every 2 months)Liability Order Hearing - 30 days after summons issued Pre Compliance Letter (14 day letter) - Within 5 days of the hearing inviting customer to make an arrangement.Bailiff action - 30 days after pre complianceQ2 - All individual year debts are under £5k2013 - 7142014 -10252015 -16282016 - 26422017 - 50512018 - 35833Q3a - NilQ3b -2013 - 609,332.742014 - 724,377.992015 - 580,605.512016 - 360,369.012017 - 216,242.982018 - 184,343.24Q4 - Rossendales LtdQ5a-e - nil
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