Freedom of information response

Use of bailiffs in 2018/19

Publication date: 
Thursday 16 May 2019
Request: 

1) The number of times between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019, 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 enforce a warrant of control.

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

3) 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)

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

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

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

Response: 

1)

a. 4705

b. 2260

c. Not Available

d. 110

e. 0

f. Not Available

2)  Yes, Citizens Advice, National Debt Line, StepChange, Christians Against Poverty CAP, MIND

3) Yes

4) Yes

5) No

6) No

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Request reference:
FOI 8993