{meta} Agenda for Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing on Thursday, 24 November 2022, 2.00 pm

Agenda and decisions

Venue: Salford Suite, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton. View directions

Contact: Claire Edwards 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of interest.

3.

Items for Decision (Part 1 - Open to the Public).

3a

Write-Off of Irrecoverable Debt - Council Tax and Housing Benefit Overpayments. pdf icon PDF 302 KB

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Youd, Lead Member for Finance and Support Services, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution, do herby approve the proposed write-off of irrecoverable debts as outlined below: -

                                                                                  

Council Tax                                                                 £732,561.51                                         

Housing Benefit Overpayments                                 £123,453.86

 

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 total write-off value, as a percentage of the net collectable debt for financial year 2022/23, equates to 0.5%.

 

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 Mitchell – Service Manager – Council Tax

Tel: 0161 793 3640                                        penny.mitchell@salford.gov.uk

 

 

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 Youd                                                   Date: 24th November 2022

Lead Member for Finance and Support Services

 

 

FOR COMMITTEE SERVICES USE ONLY

 

This decision was published on 30th November 2022.

 

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

 

3b

Write-Off of Irrecoverable Debt - Business Rates. pdf icon PDF 378 KB

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

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

 

§  Approve the write-off of irrecoverable debts for Business Rates to the value of £752,564.10, and

§  Note the write-on value of £5,333.94

 

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 total write-off value, as a percentage of the net collectable debt for financial year 2022/23, equates to 0.81%.

 

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-making 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 

jane.betts@salford.gov.uk

 

 

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: Councillor Youd                                                           Date: 24th November 2022

Lead Member for Finance and SupportServices

 

 

FOR COMMITTEE SERVICES USE ONLY

 

This decision was published on 30th November 2022.

 

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

 

 

4.

Exclusion of the Public.

5.

Items for Decision (Part 2 - Closed to the Public):

No items.