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Council Tax

Requested on
Tue 31st July, 2012
Reference
FOI 2190
Resolution
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Question

1. When and where did you make public the Notice of Council Tax?
2. What is the reason we don’t pay council tax in February and March?
3. How many households are there in the Charnwood Borough liable for council tax (CBC)?
4. How many households were in arrears for council tax for 2011 and currently in arrears for 2012?
5. How many liability orders had been granted for 2011 and this year?
6. How many of those liability orders granted were processed?
7. How many times were bailiffs instructed in 2011 and so far this year?
8.What is the number of times goods that have been removed in 2011 and so far this year?
9. What is the total value of all goods via walking possession orders in 2011 and so far this year?
10. What was the value of the goods sold at auction for 2011 and so far this year?
11. Were there any incorrect levies made by your privately hired bailiffs for 2011 and so far this year?
12. How many tenants or owners were pursued by your Bailiff in 2011 and so far this year?
13. How many complaints were made by residents to your organisation regarding your hired bailiffs for 2011 and so far this year?
14. Why do you not use court bailiffs?
15. How many complaints were received by your organisation regarding the inability to pay Council Tax for 2011 and so far this year, this is from tenants and owners?

Answer

1. When and where did you make public the Notice of Council Tax?
The 2012/13 Council Tax notice published in the Loughborough Echo on 9th March 2012.

2. What is the reason we don’t pay council tax in February and March?
The Council Tax regulations prescribe that the statutory instalment scheme is over 10 months. Most annual Council Tax bills are issued in March, with the first instalment being due in April (the start of the financial year), and the final instalment due in January, hence the reason that most taxpayers ‘don’t pay’ during February and March. 

3. How many households are there in the Charnwood Borough liable for council tax (CBC)?
69,475 as at 1st April 2012.

4. How many households were in arrears for council tax for 2011 and currently in arrears for 2012?
This will depend upon your definition of ‘in arrears’, but based on the number of first reminder notices issued, the figure for 2011/12 was 14,230, and for 2012/13 to 31st July is 6,143.

5. How many liability orders had been granted for 2011 and this year?
5,529 for 2011/12; 2,366 for 2012/13 up to 31st July.

6. How many of those liability orders granted were processed?
All Liability Orders that are granted are ‘processed’ in that the recovery of arrears takes different forms in terms of payment arrangements secured by the Order, referrals to bailiffs and Attachment Orders to both Earnings and Benefit

7. How many times were bailiffs instructed in 2011 and so far this year?
2,448 for 2011/12; 560 for 2012/13 up to 31st July.

8.What is the number of times goods that have been removed in 2011 and so far this year?
None

9. What is the total value of all goods via walking possession orders in 2011 and so far this year?
Information not held.  Although the bailiffs would make an estimate as the value of items, the true value of goods would only be determined at public auction.

10. What was the value of the goods sold at auction for 2011 and so far this year?
Refer to Point 8

11. Were there any incorrect levies made by your privately hired bailiffs for 2011 and so far this year?
None

12. How many tenants or owners were pursued by your Bailiff in 2011 and so far this year?
Refer to Point 7

13. How many complaints were made by residents to your organisation regarding your hired bailiffs for 2011 and so far this year?
17 for 2011/12; 3 for 2012/13 up to 30th June.

14. Why do you not use court bailiffs?
The Liability Orders are granted at the Magistrates’ Court therefore there is no requirement to use Court bailiffs

15. How many complaints were received by your organisation regarding the inability to pay Council Tax for 2011 and so far this year, this is from tenants and owners?
Our complaints system does not categorise complaints in a way that would enable us to identify complaints received that simply relate to peoples inability to pay their Council Tax.  The total number of complaints referred to the Revenues Office (regardless of reason for complaint) for 2011/12 was 65. For 2012/13 up to 30th June the figure is 15

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