Freedom of information response

Council Tax/Bailiff

Publication date: 
Friday 14 February 2020
Request: 

1. How many bailiff contractors specifically for the collection of council tax arrears does the council have on their PLT?

2. What was the total cost of the bailiff contracts for the collection of council tax arrears for 2018/2019 to the council?

3. How many cases were referred to bailiff contractors in respect to council tax arrears in 2018/2019?

4. What was the total amount of arrears for council tax in respect to those cases referred to the bailiff contractors in 2018/2019?

5. What was the total amount of monies reclaimed by the bailiffs for council tax arrears in 2018/2019 ?

6. What was the average cost to each tenant for the bailiff services in 2018/2019 in reclaiming council tax arrears?

7. What are the annual target rates for the council tax debt team?

Response: 

Currently 6

£0.00

As cases are recycled between enforcement agencies we have provided the current number of Liability Orders out with enforcement agencies for all years prior to 2019/2020 = 2,578

As cases are recycled between enforcement agencies we have provided the current value of Liability Orders out with enforcement agencies for all years prior to 2019/2020 = £1,471,769

A total of £988,513.08 was collected during this period across all debts out with the Enforcement Agents irrespective of the liability period.

Charges are raised in accordance with the Ministry of Justice Regulations Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014.

i. If contact is made in the Compliance Stage the fee is £75.

ii. If a visit is required to enforce the fee is £235.

iii. If a removal is required £110.

If the debt is over £1500 there is a 7.5% fee charged on the amount over £1500 at stage 2 and 3.

Full details can be found on: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1/contents/made

As such, the sooner engagement is made with the enforcement agency and an arrangement made the lower the costs will be.

Thurrock Council has an obligation to collect this tax and to ensure it maintains the services to the community. Current profile shows an in year collection rate of around 98.90% is achievable

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Request reference:
FOI 9728