Pendle council tax bills to be 'written off'

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PENDLE Council is being forced to write off more than £500,000 in unpaid debts, including more than 200 unpaid council tax bills.

Councillors on the executive committee will be asked to write off the debts when they meet on Thursday.

The debts being written off are £182,085 from unpaid council tax, £310,975 in unpaid national non-domestic rates (business rates) and £31,755 in overpayments of housing benefit.

Coun Linda Crossley, who leads on financial matters in Pendle, said: “It’s never a happy decision when we agree to writing off any debt to the council.

“We have robust procedures in place for collecting debts and we only consider writing-off debts after taking all possible steps to collect them and where it’s not economically viable to continue pursuing them.

“However if, in the future, we get information that could lead to the recovery of previously written-off debt, we will try to recover it.

“In fact, since April 1, 2013, we’ve identified people whose debts had been previously written off and are now seeking to recover around £36,400.”

Amongst the recommendations for write-off are 241 cases of unpaid council tax.

The majority of these people have disappeared without trace, despite the council’s continued efforts to find them.

In the current financial year, the council expects to collect £36.8million in council tax. The recommended write-off amount of council tax is less than 0.5 per cent of this.

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9:03pm Sat 18 Jan 14

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Their "robust" procedures in place for collecting debts clearly aren't Robust enough.

I wonder if they could be bothered chasing certain people with outstanding council tax debt to certain parts of Asia how much of the outstanding amount they might recover?
Their "robust" procedures in place for collecting debts clearly aren't Robust enough. I wonder if they could be bothered chasing certain people with outstanding council tax debt to certain parts of Asia how much of the outstanding amount they might recover? You're not mugging me off that easily
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9:16pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Just an observer says...

Think i'll sell up n move that way. see if i can get away with it??? FAT chance.
Think i'll sell up n move that way. see if i can get away with it??? FAT chance. Just an observer
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3:13am Sun 19 Jan 14

hasnado33 says...

Well a lesson to the ones who do pay hang on long enough and get away with it. So now pendle up the tax to make up the shortfall. What a terrible lot they are
Well a lesson to the ones who do pay hang on long enough and get away with it. So now pendle up the tax to make up the shortfall. What a terrible lot they are hasnado33
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1:50pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

The largest debt is from businesses. This will almost all be from businesses who have gone bust in the recession. No-one from whom and no way to recover that debt.
The largest debt is from businesses. This will almost all be from businesses who have gone bust in the recession. No-one from whom and no way to recover that debt. Excluded again
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3:39pm Sun 19 Jan 14

coates warder says...

you will find the £500,000 will not be lost as on average £10 is added to everyones council tax to cover these losses.so people who do pay are paying for the scroats that dont.
you will find the £500,000 will not be lost as on average £10 is added to everyones council tax to cover these losses.so people who do pay are paying for the scroats that dont. coates warder
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