To seek approval for the write off of uncollectable Housing Benefit Overpayments (report of the Portfolio Holder Finance and the Executive Director Commercialisation (S151 Officer) enclosed.
(Please note that the appendix to this report is not for publication by virtue of Paragraphs 1 (Information relating to any individual), 2 (Information which is likely to reveal the identity of any individual) and 3 (Information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)) in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, and is therefore attached to this agenda as item 17).
Consideration was given to the report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance and the Executive Director Commercialisation (S151) which sought approval for the write off of uncollectable Housing Benefit Overpayments.
Members agreed that only the principles of the report be discussed and there was therefore no need for the meeting to go into private session for this item.
a) That the amounts identified in the report be approved for write off.
b) That the amounts written off under delegated powers be noted.
(Other options considered:
· To do nothing.
Reasons for decision:
· All recovery methods available had been considered and where appropriate pursued before making the decision to write off;
· Officer time can be maximised on greatest returns, at the same time as ensuring robust procedures for debt management are in place across all revenue streams).