{meta} Decision - Sundry Debtor Write Off - Quarter 1 - 2022/23

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 hereby:


Approve the write off of Sundry Debt to the value of £27,210.21.


The Reasons are:

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 Advice obtained:

Legal advice has been obtained on each of the individual cases where court action has been taken.


Financial Advice obtained:Paul Hutchings –

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 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:

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:     Paul Hutchings, Head of Financial Management           Tel No: 0161 793 2574



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


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



Signed: Councillor Hinds                                        Dated: 30th June 2022

Lead Member for Finance & Support Services





This decision was published on 30th June 2022.


This decision will come into force at 4.00 p.m. 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

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