Decision details

Debt Write Off

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval for the write off of uncollectable debt


That the amounts identified in the report, as detailed below, be approved for write off:


Council Tax                                      £63,470.77

Business Rates                           £1,167,971.57

Housing Benefit Overpayment          £32,711.05

Sundry Debt                                      £84,979.96

Total                                            £1,349,133.35

Reasons for the decision:

·       All recovery methods have been considered and where appropriate pursued, before making the decision to write off. Debts would be written off against provisions in the Council’s accounts. 

·       Officer time could be maximised on greatest returns, at the same time as ensuring robust procedures for debt management were in place across all revenue streams.

Alternative options considered:

·       Not to approve the amounts for write off, however this would leave uncollectable debt showing on the council records.


Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Other reasons / organisations consulted



S151 and PFH Finance

Contact: Sharon Hammond, Head of Revenues & Benefits Email:

Report author: Sharon Hammond

Publication date: 14/09/2023

Date of decision: 12/09/2023

Decided at meeting: 12/09/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/09/2023

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