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FOI 14695

Use of bailiffs/enforcement agents in 2016/17

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we would like to request the following information.

1)
The number of times between 1stApril 2016 and 31stMarch 2017, or the nearest available twelve month period, that private bailiffs/enforcement agents have been instructed to enforce debts to the local authority relating to each of the following;
a.
Council tax
b.
Parking
c.
Housing Benefit overpayments
d.
Business Rates
e.
Commercial Rents
f.
Any other debt types, including any other overpayments

By “private bailiffs/enforcement agents” we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers. Please
include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant.


2)
The number of:

a.
Residential properties
b.
Business properties
that fall within this local authority area.

3)
Do you signpost residents to one or more free debt advice agencies as part of your collections process? (Yes/No) If so, which charities?

4)
Have you adopted the Standard Financial Statement (or Common Financial Statement) as a tool for objectively assessing income and expenditure as part of your collections
process? (Yes/No)

5)
Do you have a formal policy in place for dealing with residents in vulnerable circumstances as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

6)
Do you currently have a policy of exempting recipients of Council Tax Support from the use of bailiff action? (Yes/No)

7)
Have you adopted the Citizens Advice/Local Government Association
Council Tax Protocol? (Yes/No)

Response

1)
The number of times between 1stApril 2016 and 31stMarch 2017, or the nearest available twelve month period, that private bailiffs/enforcement agents have been in! structed to enforce debts to the local authority relating to each of the following;
a.
Council tax
1036

b.
Parking
-
c.
Housing Benefit overpayments
-
d.
Business Rates
116
e.
Commercial Rents
-
f.
Any other debt types, including any other overpayments
-
By "private bailiffs/enforcement agents" we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers. Please
include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant.


2)
The number of:

a.
Residential properties
-
b.
Business properties
that fall within this local authority area.
-

3)
Do you signpost residents to one or more free debt advice agencies as part of your collections process? (Yes/No) If so, which charities?
Yes – CAB, Money Advice Service, Step Change or any free debt advice agencies

4)
Have you adopted the Standard Financial Statement (or Common Financial Statement) as a tool for ob! jectively assessing income and expenditure as part of your collections
process? (Yes/No)
No


5)
Do you have a formal policy in place for dealing with residents in vulnerable circumstances as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)
If there is a corporate policy then YES? All three enforcement companies have their own Vulnerable Policy.

6)
Do you currently have a policy of exempting recipients of Council Tax Support from the use of bailiff action? (Yes/No)
No

7)
Have you adopted the Citizens Advice/Local Government Association
Council Tax Protocol? (Yes/No)
Sorry unable to answer this question