Dear Torridge District Council,
I would like to know if there is council tax 'owed' at the end of a fiscal year is that then rolled over to the next fiscal year, i.e; if council tax is 'owed' at the end of march 2013 is that then rolled over onto the next fiscal year 2014 - 2015. Also how many years would this roll over for i.e; monies 'owed' at the end of 2012 rolled over to 2013 then if still 'owed' at the end of 2013 rolled over to 2014. How many of these are there still 'active'. I would also like to know how much TDC pays for the hire of a court room to deal with their liability orders and where the monies come from to pay the magistrates for sitting on these hearings. I would also like to know how much, in percentage, of council tax paid by people in the Torridge area goes towards council staff pensions.
Dear Sam Baker
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.
Please find below the response from Torridge District Council:
Each financial year's worth of council tax is recovered separately for accounting purposes, however recovery does not cease when the financial year ends, but will continue until the debt is paid or considered irrecoverable. We are still actively recovering debts as far back as 1999.
TDC pays £3 per liability order applied for to the Magistrates Court for the service they provide.
We do not hold the specific information regarding the pensions however, to assist your requests our Public Statement of Accounts can be viewed on the Internet and provides information on income and pension liability etc - http://www.torridge.gov.uk/article/12571...
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original request and should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Officer at Torridge District Council, Riverbank House, Bideford EX39 2QG
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Torridge District Council
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Looked at the accounts, my, my, what a large percentage goes towards the council pensions. Council tax pays their wages and pensions with a lot of 'post employees' pensions also being paid. Ths along with the governments pension and wage input the council staff and 'post employees' are doing very nicely thank you. I have also handed the accounts to an ICAEW executive who is looking at where TDC invests its pension fund through a pension plan that is controlled by North Devon Council, they set up the pension plan and operate it. Very interesting reading. Feel free people to click on the link in my received answer and do some investigating. After a £90,000 fine for breach of data protection in 2010 the council have to claw back some more of their pensions so they can retire before anyone else. End of reply.
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