{meta} Agenda for Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing on Thursday, 26 November 2020, 10.15 am

Agenda and decisions

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 68 KB

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

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

                                                                         

Council Tax                                                              £397,711.87                                         

Housing Benefit Overpayments                            £98,402.72

 

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 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

 

*           This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member/Director   

*           The appropriate Scrutiny Committee to call-in the decision is the

Overview and Scrutiny Board.

 

 

 

Signed: Councillor B Hinds                                  Date: 26 November 2020

Lead Member for Finance and Support Services

 

FOR COMMITTEE SERVICES USE ONLY

 

*           This decision was published on 26 November 2020

*           This decision will come in force on 3 December 2020 at 4.00pm unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.

3b

Write Off of Irrecoverable Debt - Business Rates. pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

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

 

Business Rates  £506,569.14        

 

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 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/Director   

*           The appropriate Scrutiny Committee to call-in the decision is the

Overview and Scrutiny Board.

 

 

 

 

Signed: Councillor B Hinds                                  Date: 26 November 2020

Lead Member for Finance and Support Services

 

FOR COMMITTEE SERVICES USE ONLY

 

*           This decision was published on 26 November 2020

*           This decision will come in force on 3 December 2020 at 4.00pm 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.