{meta} Decision - Write-off of Irrecoverable Debt - Housing Benefit Overpayments.

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 proposed write-off of irrecoverable debts as outlined below: -


Housing Benefit Overpayments              £   148,645.31                                 


All the amounts included in this report are within the £350,000 limit set for Lead Member approvals

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.

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

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: Penny Higgins – Service Manager – Council Tax               Tel. 0161 793 3640


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                                             Date: 19 March 2020

Lead Member for Finance and Support Services



This decision was published on 19 March 2020.

This decision will come into force at 4.00pm on 26 March 2020 unless it is called-in in accordance with the decision-making process rules.



Publication date: 19/03/2020

Date of decision: 19/03/2020

Decided at meeting: 19/03/2020 - Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing

Effective from: 20/03/2020

Accompanying Documents: