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Debt Write Off

Meeting: 27/03/2018 - Cabinet (Item 61)

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To seek approval for the write off of uncollectable debt (report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance and the Executive Director Commercialisation (S151) enclosed).

 

Please note that the appendices associated with this report are not for publication by virtue of Paragraphs 1 (Information relating to any individual), 2 (Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual) and 3 (Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)) in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, and are therefore attached to this agenda as item 15)

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the joint report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Executive Director, Commercialisation (S151) which recommended writing off uncollectable debts.

 

Members noted that the report contained a breakdown of the individual debts within Appendices A – D, and the Operational Debt Write Off Policy, which were not for publication by virtue of Paragraphs 1 (Information relating to any individual), 2 (Information which is likely to reveal the identity of any individual) and 3 (Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

Members agreed that only the principles of the report would be discussed and there was therefore no need for the meeting to go into private session.

 

The Cabinet was reminded that it had approved the Debt Management  operational policy in 2017.  A presentation to Cabinet members on debt recovery had also been provided by officers earlier this year which had been well received, and members had agreed that all methods of recovery were being undertaken, in line with the policy.

 

DECISION:

 

That the following debts be written off:

 

Council Tax                                                    £17,942.85

Business Rates                                             £97,999.82

Sundry Debt                                                   £12,207.07

Housing Benefit Overpayments                 £4,637.93

Total:                                                                £132,787.67

 

(Other options considered:

·         Do nothing; or

·         Approve the recommendations with amendments

Reasons for decision:

·         All recovery methods available had been considered and where appropriate pursued before making the decision to write off.)