Freedom of information response

Sundry Debt

Publication date: 
Thursday 28 November 2019

Please provide me with a copy of the following:

1. Confirmation of the amount of money owed to the Council by financial year from April 2013-March 2014 to date outstanding for Sundry Debt.

For the purposes of this enquiry, Sundry Debt relate to all monies owed to the Council with the exception of:

De-Criminalised Parking Fines
Council Tax Collection
Business Rate Collection

Examples of Sundry Debt can be found below, but this is not an exhaustive list:

Corporate Strategy
Dangerous Structures
Major Projects
General Debts
Finance and Governance
Housing and Modernisation
Coroners Service
Housing Grants
Children’s Services
Public Health
Waste and Cleaning Services
Regulatory Services
Traded Services
Parks and Leisure
Business Support
Adult Social Care
Staff Overpayments

2. Please also provide confirmation of any contractual arrangements the Council may have in place for the collection of Sundry Debt and the amounts collected under any contractual arrangements in place.

3. Please also provide balances in suspense accounts for payments received by the council which have not been allocated against invoices.


1. Please see below:

Year Amount owed
2019/20 £6,296,290.96
2018/19 £2,099,701.93
2017/18 £535,634.87
2016/17 £268,291.17
2015/16 £191,085.25
2014/15 £90,562.41
2013/14 £50,635.65
Total £9,532,202.24

2. Debt Collection Agencies utilised from two external providers. Collections in 2018/2019 period circa £60k

3. This question is a little unclear, however, our suspense is rigorously actioned to ensure all payments are accurately fully applied to the relevant invoice in Oracle.

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Request reference:
FOI 9544