{meta} Decision - Sundry Debtor Write-Offs Quarter 3.

Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I, Councillor Bill 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 £49,879.63. 


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


Financial advice obtained  - Chris Hesketh

There is adequate provision for the sundry debt write offs from the councils provision for bad debt. The provision is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the provision is set at an appropriate level.


Procurement Advice obtained – Not applicable.


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:  Tony Thompstone                                  Tel No. 0161 793 2016


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


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




Signed: Councillor Hinds                                       Dated: 6th January 2020

Lead Member for Finance & Support Services





This decision was published on 6th January 2020.


This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 13th January 2020, unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.


Publication date: 06/01/2020

Date of decision: 06/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing

Effective from: 14/01/2020

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