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Baliffs

Requested on
Wed 20th July, 2011
Reference
FOI 1384
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1) A copy of the authorities code of practice on bailiffs.

2) copies of the actual bailiff contract with the authority.

3) Details of whether your authority has internal bailiff officers or utilizes external bailiff companies, if external companies, how many? and the names of these firms.

4) How many council tax liability orders have been applied for in last 8 quarters

Answer

1) A copy of the authorities code of practice on bailiffs.

Charnwood Borough Council does not have a specific code of practice for bailiffs.
Capita require Equita to comply with all national legislation.


2) Copies of the actual bailiff contract with the authority.

The Council outsourced its revenues service to Capita for 10 years in Feb 2010 - the in-house bailiffs were on the TUPE list.  There is therefore no separate contract for bailiffs.

3) Details of whether your authority has internal bailiff officers or utilizes external bailiff companies, if external companies, how many? and the names of these firms.
Equita are part of the Capita group, and they act on behalf of our revenues service.

For non revenue related matters, it is sometimes necessary to employ the services of third party bailiff companies.  These companies vary as the Council engages bailiffs local to the area in question.

4) How many council tax liability orders have been applied for in last 8 quarters
In the last 8 quarters 14,651 liability orders were applied for.

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