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Pendle Council writes off £350,000
4:08pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Pendle
PENDLE Council has been forced to write off more than £350,000 in uncollected council tax and bills.
That fee includes £52,645 from the former owners of the Pendle Rise shopping centre, Pendle Rise Estates Ltd.
They went into liquidation two years ago when money was still owed to the council.
Stephen Simm, from Pendle Council’s property management arm Liberata, said: “These 12 invoices relate to Pendle Rise Estates Ltd, who went into liquidation on June 14, 2011.
“Claims have been submitted to the Insolvency Practitioners and may be subject to a dividend, once the Insolvency Practitioners have concluded their investigations and established whether there are realisable assets.”
A total of 197 council tax cases are being written-off, 68 of them have absconded, 77 are insolvent, recovery methods have been exhausted on four, 34 have died and 14 are now out of legal jurisdiction.
Mr Simm said: “In all of the above cases, all avenues available for recovery have been exhausted.
“All accounts raised are actively pursued for recovery.
“Reminders and final notices are issued, payments by instalment are negotiated and where necessary further action is taken.
“Debts are referred to the courts and to outside debt collection agencies. Recovery is made through attachment of earnings, directly from social security benefits and through the application of charging orders.”
Of the 34 dead people there are no funds in their estates and in 14 other cases recovery is not possible as they live outside England or live overseas.
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