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Council Tax

Requested on
Mon 2nd December, 2013
Reference
FOI 3660
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. How many people are paying a) increased council tax or b) council tax for the first time since April this year as a result of the change from a national council tax benefit scheme to a localised council tax support scheme?
2. On average, how much more were the following classes of individual billed for Council taxes for the whole of this financial year: those paying a) increased council tax or b) council tax for the first time since April this year as a result of the change from a national council tax benefit scheme to a localised council tax support scheme?
3. On average, how much more were the following classes of individual billed for Council taxes for the whole of this financial year: (a) registered carers, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
4. Of those people paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many were in arrears, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
5. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many have had a summons issued against them since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
6. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many have had a Liability Order issued against them since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
7. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many people have you instructed bailiffs to recover money from since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
8. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, for how many have you applied for a Committal Warrant since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
9. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, have any individuals been sentenced to detention in prison, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work

Answer

Following the above information request, we have looked at what information is held, and while the information requested is held by the Council, some of it is only held in the form of individual records, and therefore not in a manner which enables the information you requested in the form suggested to be collated easily.  The time required to locate and retrieve information regarding the changes to Council Tax would exceed the appropriate limit for dealing with requests set out in section 12 of the Act and the Appropriate Limit and Fees Regulations. 

The Council would normally wish to offer suggestions as to how some of the information could be provided or how a differently worded request could result in information being provided within the terms of the Act and the Regulations.  However due to the complexity of the information requested in this case in relation to the way in which the Council holds information this does not appear possible in this case. 

We are however able to answer questions 1b, 2b, 8 and 9 and the answers to these are shown below:

1. How many people are paying a) increased council tax or b) council tax for the first time since April this year as a result of the change from a national council tax benefit scheme to a localised council tax support scheme? 
1a: Information not held in a manner which allows for easy collation of this data
1b: approx. 3,500

2. On average, how much more were the following classes of individual billed for Council taxes for the whole of this financial year: those paying a) increased council tax or b) council tax for the first time since April this year as a result of the change from a national council tax benefit scheme to a localised council tax support scheme?
1a: Information not held in a manner which allows for easy collation of this data
2b: approx. £70 to £95 per annum.
3. On average, how much more were the following classes of individual billed for Council taxes for the whole of this financial year: (a) registered carers, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
Information not held in a manner which allows for easy collation of this data
4. Of those people paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many were in arrears, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
Information not held in a manner which allows for easy collation of this data
5. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many have had a summons issued against them since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
Information not held in a manner which allows for easy collation of this data
6. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many have had a Liability Order issued against them since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
Information not held in a manner which allows for easy collation of this data
7. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many people have you instructed bailiffs to recover money from since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
Information not held in a manner which allows for easy collation of this data
8. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, for how many have you applied for a Committal Warrant since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
Nil across all a - f
9. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, have any individuals been sentenced to detention in prison, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) in receipt of a War Disablement Pension, (d) a War Widow's or Widower's pension, (e) a single parent or (f) in work
Nil across all a - f

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