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

Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

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:


Business Rates £851,392.84        


There is provision in the Forward Plan for the write-off of irrecoverable debts.


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 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: 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. 


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 B Hinds                                  Date: 25 June 2020

Lead Member for Finance and Support Services





This decision was published on 29 June 2020.


This decision will come into force at 4.00pm on 6 July 2020, unless it is called-in in accordance with the decision-making process rules.


Publication date: 29/06/2020

Date of decision: 25/06/2020

Decided at meeting: 25/06/2020 - Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing

Effective from: 07/07/2020

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