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Freedom of Information Request

Council tax arrears

Received: 10 July 2022

Dear Freedom of Information Officer,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

If you are unable to answer any of the questions, or unable to do so within the time limit stipulated by the FOI Act, then please move on to the next possible question and provide as much data as you can.

1. In relation to your collection of council tax for each financial year, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and April 2022 to date, please provide the total number of: reminders issued; final notices issued; court summonses issued; liability orders issued; attachment of benefit arrangements made; attachment of earnings arrangements made; and referrals/ debt passed to enforcement agents;

2. Against how many people did you commence committal proceedings with regard to unpaid council tax in 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and April 2022 to date?

3. How many people were committed to prison for non-payment of council tax in 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and April 2022 to date?

4. What was the a. Average, b. Longest, c. shortest number of days served in prison by people committed to prison for non-payment of council tax owed to the local authority for each year 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and April 2022 to date.

5. How many people were subject to a suspended committal order for non-payment of council tax in 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and April 2022 to date?

6. If possible, what was the average amount of council tax arrears owed by people subject to council tax committal proceedings when the proceedings commenced, for 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and April 2022 to date

If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the Act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to charge excessive fees.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request. I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as outlined by the statute.

Again, If you are unable to answer any of the questions, then please move on to the next possible question.

Thanks,

Outcome / Documents

  • FOI_8330447_REC Notices - application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet - Download
  • Response (all information to be supplied) - application/pdf - Download