{meta} Decision - Sundry Debt Write-off Q3 - Chris Hesketh

Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I Bill Hinds, Lead Member for Finance and Support Services, in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby:

Approve the write off of Sundry Debt to the value of £62,945.89.  The Reasons are that these sundry debts , after exhaustive attempts to collect, are found to be irrecoverable for a variety of reasons e.g. liquidation, absconded, no longer trading, bankrupt, deceased, uneconomical to collect, and irrecoverable after court action etc .

Options considered and rejected were - Not relevant due to the nature (age and value) of these accounts. The majority of accounts relate to those proven uneconomical to collect, irrecoverable after court action, bankruptcy / liquidation..

Assessment of Risk - Low

The source of funding is the Council’s bad debt provision.

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – legal advice has been obtained on each of the individual cases where court action has been taken.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by - Chris Hesketh

There is adequate cover for the sundry debt write-offs proposed in this report in the council’s provision for bad debt. Setting a provision that is prudent, but not excessive, is a component of the council’s financial strategy. The provision is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that it is set at an appropriate level.

PROCUREMENT IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – Not applicable

HR IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – Not Applicable

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – Not Applicable

OTHER DIRECTORATES CONSULTED: Directorates are consulted on specific write-offs where appropriate.


The following documents have been used to assist the decision process - The relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection. The background documents would provide the identity of individuals or companies involved in the write off.

Contact Officer:       Chris Hesketh                   Tel No 0161 793 2668


*    This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member      

*    The appropriate scrutiny committee to call-in the decision is the Overview and Scrutiny Board.


Signed: Councillor Bill Hinds       

Lead Member for Finance & Support Services

Dated: 6th January 2022


*         This decision was published on 6th January 2022

*         This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 13th January 2022 unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.


Publication date: 06/01/2022

Date of decision: 06/01/2022

Decided at meeting: 06/01/2022 - Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing

Effective from: 14/01/2022

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