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FOI 5753

Use of private bailiffs

Request

Please can you inform us as to the number of times between 1st January 2012 and 31st December 2012 that private bailiffs have been instructed to enforce debts owed to the local authority by a) individuals living at residential properties and b) businesses in this local authority. Please also include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant.

By 'private bailiffs' we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers. By 'local authority debts' we mean any debts which result from a charge which the local authority has made for any reason.

Please can you also inform us as to a) the number of residential properties and b) the number of businesses properties which fall within this local authority.

If providing results for the period 1st January - 31st December 2012 is too onerous because it does not correspond with your record-keeping system, please can you provide us with this information for the most recent twelve-month period which does correlate with your system.

Please provide us with the records for residential and business debts and the number of residential properties and businesses separately. We prefer this information in electronic format, either included in the body of an email or as an attachment in PDF, Word or Excel.

Response

I refer to your E Mail received 04 March 2013. This is acknowledged as a request for information held by this authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding I have been heavily involved in annual billing and year end matters over the last few weeks.

I can advise that between 01 January 2012 and 31 December 2012 in respect of:
a) individuals living at residential properties - 1193
b) businesses in this local authority - 94
Brentwood Borough Council has:
32492 residential properties
2149 business properties