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Council Tax Benefit

Requested on
Fri 21st September, 2012
Reference
FOI 2323
Resolution
Information provided

Question

.I am requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act relating to council tax benefit (CTB) and local council tax support (LCTS).

The information refers to the council’s preferred option for LCTS, prior to completion and consideration of consultation, other than where specifically stated. Please note, therefore, that most of the information is in advance of consultation – it is recognised that consultation has not been completed, but this is not in itself a bar to my request.

I am requesting the following information:

1) The current cumulative total of outstanding non-paid council tax (i.e. council tax non-payment)

2) The total council tax non-payment that accumulated during financial year 2011/12

3) Any forecast for the additional council tax non-payment that could arise as a result of cuts to CTB and/or the implementation of the council’s preferred option for LCTS

4) The council’s CTB expenditure on working age claimants in 2011/12

5) The number of working age CTB claimants in 2011/12

6) Any forecast of the number of working age claimants of LCTS the council will have in 2013/14, 2014/15, and 2015/16

7) Whether the council has yet approached potential contractors for the provision of IT systems to handle a future LCTS scheme

8) If a contract for IT systems (as referred to in part (7)) has been awarded, what company was it awarded to and what is the value of the contract?

9) If no contract as referred to in part (7) has been awarded, when is a contract award expected?

10) The date on which public consultation on LCTS began, or is due to begin

11) The current number of working age CTB claimants

12) The number of responses to the LCTS consultation the council has so far received (as of the date the council provides a response; please provide the date to which the information requested in part (12) is correct)

Answer

1)      The current cumulative total of outstanding non-paid council tax (i.e. council tax non-payment)

The total Council Tax debt outstanding (as at 22 Sept 12) is £40,827,073.20. This includes the current financial year (most of which would probably not constitute ‘non-paid’ Council Tax). The balance excluding 2012/13 is £2,851,214.03.

2)      The total council tax non-payment that accumulated during financial year 2011/12
The debt outstanding associated with 2011/12 (as at 22 Sept 12) is £937,378.32. The figure at 1st April 12 was £1,465,414.01

3)      Any forecast for the additional council tax non-payment that could arise as a result of cuts to CTB and/or the implementation of the council’s preferred option for LCTS
anticipated increase of 0.2-0.8% in arrears

4)      The council’s CTB expenditure on working age claimants in 2011/12
£4.6 Million

5)      The number of working age CTB claimants in 2011/12
5300

6)      Any forecast of the number of working age claimants of LCTS the council will have in 2013/14, 2014/15, and 2015/16
no data available

7)      Whether the council has yet approached potential contractors for the provision of IT systems to handle a future LCTS scheme
part of the Councils outsourced contract with Capita

8)      If a contract for IT systems (as referred to in part (7)) has been awarded, what company was it awarded to and what is the value of the contract?
as per 7

9)      If no contract as referred to in part (7) has been awarded, when is a contract award expected?
N/A

10)  The date on which public consultation on LCTS began, or is due to begin
runs from 4th August to 28th Sept

11)  The current number of working age CTB claimants
5300

12)  The number of responses to the LCTS consultation the council has so far received (as of the date the council provides a response; please provide the date to which the information requested in part (12) is correct)
250

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