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Bailiffs for Council Tax Collection

Requested on
Mon 4th November, 2013
Reference
FOI 3537
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. The name of all bailiff companies that the council has used for the recovery of council tax in the council tax years ending 2013, 2012, 2011.

2. The number of council tax cases that incurred a Header C fee as prescribed by schedule 5 of the Council Tax (Administration & Enforcement) Regulations 1992 (as amended), for the council tax years ending 2013,2012, 2011.

3. The number of council tax cases that incurred a Header D fee as prescribed by schedule 5 of the Council Tax (Administration & Enforcement) Regulations 1992 (as amended), for the council tax years ending 2013, 2012, 2011.

4. The fee agreed with the council that each bailiff company may charge under Head C.

5. If no fee has been agreed for point 4, please advise as to what each bailiff company charges your residents for a visit under Head C.

6. How long may a visit last for each bailiff company under Head C before a debtor incurs an additional charge for "waiting time"?

7. The fee agreed with the council that each bailiff company may charge under Head D.

8. If no fee has been agreed for point 7, please advise as to what each bailiff company charges your residents for a visit under Head D.

9. How long may a visit last for each bailiff company under Head D before a debtor incurs an additional charge for "waiting time"?

10. How much does each bailiff company charge for "waiting time" under Head C?

11. How much does each bailiff company charge for "waiting time" under Head D?

Answer

1. The name of all bailiff companies that the council has used for the recovery of council tax in the council tax years ending 2013, 2012, 2011.
Equita; Ross & Roberts.

2. The number of council tax cases that incurred a Header C fee as prescribed by schedule 5 of the Council Tax (Administration & Enforcement) Regulations 1992 (as amended), for the council tax years ending 2013,2012, 2011.
Information not held. The bailiff companies are unable to provide this specific information.

3. The number of council tax cases that incurred a Header D fee as prescribed by schedule 5 of the Council Tax (Administration & Enforcement) Regulations 1992 (as amended), for the council tax years ending 2013, 2012, 2011.
Information not held. The bailiff companies are unable to provide this specific information.

4. The fee agreed with the council that each bailiff company may charge under Head C.
£140.00

5. If no fee has been agreed for point 4, please advise as to what each bailiff company charges your residents for a visit under Head C.
See 4 above.

6. How long may a visit last for each bailiff company under Head C before a debtor incurs an additional charge for "waiting time"?
Each visit is assessed on an individual basis. Reasonable costs and fees are charged under head C depending on the individual circumstances and time spend by the bailiff at the property.

7. The fee agreed with the council that each bailiff company may charge under Head D.
Head D charges can vary dependant on the circumstances of the individual case

8. If no fee has been agreed for point 7, please advise as to what each bailiff company charges your residents for a visit under Head D.
See 7 above.

9. How long may a visit last for each bailiff company under Head D before a debtor incurs an additional charge for "waiting time"?
As above at point 6, each visit is assessed on an individual basis. Reasonable costs and fees are charged under head D depending on the individual circumstances and time spend by the bailiff at the property.

10. How much does each bailiff company charge for "waiting time" under Head C?
 See point 6, above.

11. How much does each bailiff company charge for "waiting time" under Head D?"
See point 9, above.

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