Dear Halton Borough Council,

can you please answer under public interest using yes or no answers...

they will be contained within your code of ethics and your contracts or
simply in any code of conduct.this is not a complaint against your council
but research into how bailiffs can be a law unto themselves if not watched

1. Does your enforcement agent contract allow your enforcement agents to
issue an indemnity against prosecution for themselves without the
agreement of the council in cases where they have wrongfully seized when
the customer is identifiably vulnerable?

2. Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements
where goods have to be returned after 3 months?

3. Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act by
achieving a gain whilst someone is under mental health treatment if it
meant your business rates were collected,even if they didnt inform you?

4. How would you react if they did this without you knowing?

5. Would you class a secret indemnity kept from the council which achieves
a gain at the cost to the vulnerable victim a material breach of contract
.?

6. Must enforcement agents always report failed levies and a full report
when dealing with vulnerable customers 7.would you employ enforcement
agents that have fraudulently concealed information that could cause
litigation to the council or serious damage to a protected party in the
past ?

thank you for your public concern in answering these questions asap.

8.who are your current agents

Yours faithfully,

dan perkins

Yours faithfully,

dan74

Halton Borough Council

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Phil Delaney, Halton Borough Council

Dear Dan

 

Thank you for your request for information held by Halton Borough Council,
concerning Enforcement Agents.

 

Please find the information requested below.

 

Regards

 

1. Does your enforcement agent contract allow your enforcement agents to
issue an indemnity against prosecution for themselves without the
agreement of the council in cases where they have wrongfully seized when
the customer is identifiably vulnerable? 

No

2. Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements
where goods have to be returned after 3 months?

No

3. Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act by
achieving a gain whilst someone is under mental health treatment if it
meant your business rates were collected, even if they didn’t inform you?

No

4. How would you react if they did this without you knowing?

Request an investigation and report

5. Would you class a secret indemnity kept from the council which achieves
a gain at the cost to the vulnerable victim a material breach of contract
.?

Not applicable

6. Must enforcement agents always report failed levies and a full report
when dealing with vulnerable customers

Yes

 

7.would you employ enforcement agents that have fraudulently concealed
information that could cause litigation to the council or serious damage
to a protected party in the past ?

No

 

8.who are your current agents
Jacobs & Rossendale’s

I trust this meets with your requirements

 

 

 

Phil Delaney

Revenues Manager - Council Tax

Halton Borough Council

Revenues & Financial Management

PO Box 223

Widnes

WA8 2DA

 

Tel: 0151 511 7972

For other Council services please call: 0303 333 4300

 

Dear Phil Delaney,

thanm you phile for your transparancy

however in the public interest can you please answer no 6

if it was brought to your attention that after 3 months of holding someones goods under false claims the ea had got for themselves a secret indemnity against prosecution whilst the customer wa sunder mental health care which did not indemnify the council equally .would you be happy with this and accept it
given no protected party should ever be disadvantaged financially would you deam this a material breach considering their is a possability in the future the council will be held liable in the bailiffs place

hypothetical but important as it has been known for certain agents to use these mechanisms on the qt

Yours sincerely,

dan74

Phil Delaney, Halton Borough Council

Dear Dan,

In such a situation I would need to take internal legal advice on the matter.

Regards

Phil Delaney
Revenues Manager - Council Tax
Halton Borough Council
Revenues & Financial Management
PO Box 223
Widnes
WA8 2DA
 
Tel: 0151 511 7972
For other Council services please call: 0303 333 4300

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