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Third Party Debt Recovery

Requested on
Mon 31st January, 2011
Reference
FOI 1173
Resolution
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Question

I am writing to obtain information amount of times Charnwood council has used third party debt-recovery agencies in the past three years.
I would like the figures for the municipal years 2007 to 2008, 2008 to 2009 and 2009 to 2010.
To outline my query as clearly as possible, I am requesting:
1) The total number of residents whose details have been passed to third-party debt recovery agencies for non-payment of council tax.
2) The total number of residents whose details have been passed to third-party debt recovery agencies for non-payment of fines arising from parking infringements in areas under the jurisdiction of the council.
3) I would like to confirm that the total number of cases a council has sent to a bailiff is also requested. A bailiff falls inside the scope of what we define as a “debt recovery agency”.

Answer

1)    The total number of residents whose details have been passed to third-party debt recovery agencies for non-payment of council tax.
2007/08                2418
2008/09                2359
2009/10                1229
2)    The total number of residents whose details have been passed to third-party debt recovery agencies for non-payment of fines arising from parking infringements in areas under the jurisdiction of the Council.
This information is held by Leicestershire County Council and I understand they will be responding to your request separately.
3)  The total number of cases the Council has sent to a bailiff is also requested. 
There are no separate cases the Council has sent to a bailiff other than the cases referred to in 1. above as only one organisation is used in all cases

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