Decision Maker: Executive
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Exempt report - To consider bad debt write offs that cannot be written off under delegated authority
The Director of Finance submitted an exempt report which provided a summary of the accounts proposed for write-offs and requested approval for the write-offs.
(1) That, having given due consideration, the proposed bad debt write offs recommended for write-off relating to Business Rates be approved.
(2) That, having given due consideration, the proposed bad debt write offs recommended for write-off relating to other sundry debts be approved.
(3) That, having due consideration, the proposed bad debt write offs recommended for write-off relating to Housing Benefit Overpayments be approved.
There are certain circumstances where it is practically or legally impossible to collect outstanding debts due to the Council. The Council’s financial procedure rules require that recommended write offs with an outstanding balance of £5,000 and above for Council Tax, Overpayment of Housing Benefit or Sundry Debtors, and £10,000 and above for Non- Domestic Rates must be approved by the Executive.
Option One: Not to agree the recommendations. This is not recommended as it is good practice to write off any irrecoverable debts on a regular basis.
Reason Key: Significant Expenditure or Savings;
Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No
Contact: Kerry MacDermott, Interim Assistant Director for Revenues and Benefits Services Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report author: Kerry MacDermott
Publication date: 08/06/2021
Date of decision: 07/06/2021
Decided at meeting: 07/06/2021 - Executive
Effective from: 12/06/2021