Dear Bristol City Council,

Dear Luton Borough Council,

Dear Worcester City Council,

Under foia

does your enforcement agent contract allow your enforcement agents

to issue a indemnity against prosecution for themselves without the agreement of the council in cases where they have wrongfully seized and to vulnerable people

Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements where goods have to be returned?

Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act if it meant your business rates were collected .

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

this is not a complaint btw its for research into bailiff law

Yours faithfully,

dan prkns

Yours faithfully,

dan74

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Dear Mr Perkins
 
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I am writing to ask you to clarify your request. 
Q2 Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements
where goods have to be returned? What do you class as a settlement
agreement?
Q3 Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act if it
meant your business rates were collected? How would they breach the
Equalities Act?
 
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Dear Bristol City Council,

can you please resend the email with the password as i have not received it.happy to clarify the request via email

Yours faithfully,

dan74

Bristol City Council

Dear Mr Perkins
 
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I am writing to ask you to clarify your request. 
Q2 Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements
where goods have to be returned? What do you class as a settlement
agreement?
Q3 Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act if it
meant your business rates were collected? How would they breach the
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Dear Bristol City Council,
thank you catherine
for clarity

Q2 Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements
where goods have to be returned? What do you class as a settlement
agreement?

are bailiffs allowed by bristol city council to ask a vulnerable person to sign a indemnity that the person wont sue them when the bailiff has held on in error for 3 months to the persons goods leading to the demise of the persons company
would bristil council expect their agents to inform the council of any failed levys and any secret indemnities that do not cover bristol council

Q3 Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act if it
meant your business rates were collected? How would they breach the
Equalities Act?

by treating someone in a manner that indirectly affects that person because of their protected characteristic (mental health)
they break equality law.so if someone who is under mental health care is asked on the secret to sign a form that means that person loses the right to persue redress for a wrongful seizure of their goods bristol would not allow this.for example if they seized goods that did not belong to the debtor .but a seperate company of the director

ie when a bailiff screws up by taking goods that are protected and via a unlawful process and when they have breached human rights law by failing to measure proportionality before seizure they would im sure be expected to have declared this to the council
.as per luton and other councils would bristol see making private settlements for the benefit of the agent only (not the council) at the serious mental and financial cost to a protected party prove in your eyes to be a material breach of their contract.

are your enforcement agents allowed to indemnify themselves when they have made a error .Are they allowed to put bristol city council at risk by not indemnifying the council and definately by not declaring this agreement to the council?

sorry it is hypothetical for you because you are not concerned in this however it is important that i make sure that other councils will not accept the breaking of the law and the breaking of local contracts that mean the local fund is at risk .

who are your current bailiffs?

Yours sincerely,

dan74

Dear Bristol City Council,
do you allow them to ask for a indemnity against prosecution when they have levied wrongfully

do you allow them not to report any failed levies

do you allow them to break equality law by putting a vulnerable person at a disadvantage by not being able to get redress for a major error/lawbreak

do you allow them to indemnify themselves(seek a gain for themselves) without approval from bristol cc

do you allow them to breach human rights by not doing a fair and balanced(proportion test)before they remove goods from a business

Yours sincerely,

dan74

Dear Bristol City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Bristol City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Bailiff indemnities'.

easy questions to answer

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Yours faithfully,

dan74

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Dear Bristol City Council,

thank you catherine
can you ask them if they are bailiffs to answer the following .these questions are similiar to the ones we have asked 200 othjer councils.
i have a feeling if you have asked bailiffs to answer especially marstons this is why you are still waiting and my requst is delayed

can you please answer under public interest using yes or no answers or a detailed description if you wish ...

the answers should 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 prior
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.before a seizure of a persons assets do you make sure under human rights act that the bailiff has done a fair and balanced test with regards to whether the seizure is in the favour of the public interest

Yours faithfully,

dan perkins

Yours sincerely,

dan74

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Dear Bristol City Council,
thank you for your prompt reply

can you please clarify 1 and 2

is this allowed under the contract or not .the fact it hasnt happened doesnt mean a ea may not try to get away with hiding one

this is in the public interest how hidden deals done by agents can affect the public purse and the strength of the las customers

Yours sincerely,

dan74

Dear Bristol City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Bristol City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Bailiff indemnities'.

im thankful for your efforts if you could just clear up those remaining points please

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Yours faithfully,

dan74

Bristol City Council

 
 
 

Dear Dan Perkins,

 

Thank you for following up your further questions related to our response
to your information request. Please be advised that we have not conducted
a full internal review of our response at this time.

 

You asked for the following clarification of our responses to questions 1
and 2 of your request:

'is this allowed under the contract or not .the fact it hasnt happened
doesnt mean a ea may not try to get away with hiding one

this is in the public interest how hidden deals done by agents can affect
the public purse and the strength of the las customers'

 

Our responses are as follows:

 

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

 

No this is not allowed under the contract.

 

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

 

The Council has never knowingly allowed this.

 

If  you're  not  satisfied  with  our response, or if you want to appeal
against any exemptions please send an email to [1][Bristol City Council request email] or
write to Customer Relations (100TS), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS.

 

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Kind regards,

Business Rates Team

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Dear Bristol City Council,

thank you for your transparancy

Yours sincerely,

dan74