{meta} Decision - Write Off of Irrecoverable Debt - Business Rates.

Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I, Councillor Hinds, Lead Member for Finance and Support Services, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution, do herby approve:


The write-off of irrecoverable debts for Business Rates to the value of £358,415.49 and note the write-on value of £724.78.


The Reasons are:

The liabilities mentioned in the report for write-off are irrecoverable.


Options considered and rejected were:

To leave outstanding amounts on the accounts for a further period.


Assessment of Risk:

The write-off of irrecoverable amounts is an essential part of account administration.


The source of funding is: The bad debt provision.


Legal Advice obtained: N/A


Financial Advice obtained: The bad debt provision has been confirmed.


Procurement Advice obtained: N/A


HR Advice obtained: N/A


Climate Change Advice obtained: N/A


The following documents have been used to assist the decision process:

Detailed list of accounts to be written-off (not available to the public).

Case files have been prepared for high value debts where current recovery methods have been unsuccessful and where appropriate evidence of working with legal specialist for complex business rates recovery service (not available to the public).

Some of the relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection. Other documents which are in the public domain are the relevant write-off strategies.


Contact Officer: Jane Betts, Service Manager –Business Rates              Tel. 0161 793 2710



This decision is not subject to consideration by another LeadMember.


The appropriate scrutiny panel to call-in the decision is the Overview & Scrutiny Board.




Signed: CouncillorHinds                                                    Date: 30th June 2022

Lead Member for Finance and SupportServices





This decision was published on 30th June 2022.


This decision will come into effect at 4.00 pm on 7th July 2022, unless it is called-in in accordance with the decision-making process rules.


Publication date: 30/06/2022

Date of decision: 30/06/2022

Decided at meeting: 30/06/2022 - Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing

Effective from: 08/07/2022

Accompanying Documents: