Council tax

Claire Wilde made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to City of Edinburgh Council as part of a batch sent to 414 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

To whom it may concern,

Please can I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1a) In £, the total amount of Council Tax which was unpaid, by municipal year from 2012/13 and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date);

1b) The total amount of Council Tax, in £, which was owed but never paid by Universal Credit claimants since 2012/13 (broken down by municipal year and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date);

1c) The number of households in receipt of Universal Credit which are currently in arrears on their Council Tax;

2) Since the national introduction of Universal Credit from 2013 onwards, has your authority had to reduce the number of housing officers dealing with benefits queries because of a reduction in government funding? If so, please provide figures for government funding (in £) and staffing numbers (in Full Time Equivalents) before and after these reductions.

If my request cannot be met within cost limits, please can you provide me with advice on how I may refine my request,

Yours faithfully,

Claire Wilde

City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Claire Wilde

Our ref: 22733

Dear Ms Wilde

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Council tax

Thank you for your request for information received on 18/03/2019. I can confirm that your request will be processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) 2004, or the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to be withheld. We will write to you in any event. This means we have until 15/04/2019 to respond to your request.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case we will let you know.

If you have any requirements regarding the format any information should be supplied in, e.g. the language to be used, audio, large print and so on, then please let me know.

If you have any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch. Please quote the reference number above in any future communications.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal details. The disclosure log is available at the following link: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175....

Further information about your rights and accessing information is available on our website at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Information Rights Officer 4, City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Claire Wilde

 

[1][FOI #561616 email]

 

Our ref: 22733

 

                                                                                             

Dear Ms Wilde

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Partial Release of
Information

 

Subject: Unpaid Council Tax

 

Thank you for your request for information of 18/03/2019, which has been
processed under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002. Unfortunately, the Council is only able to meet part of your
request; this information is released to you now. I shall address each of
your questions in turn.

 

You asked the following:

 

Q1a. In £, the total amount of Council Tax which was unpaid, by municipal
year from 2012/13 and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date).

A1a. Please refer to the following table:

Council Tax
Outstanding
Debts as at
28/02/2019                
  2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 Total
Net Charge 265,865,502.26 253,751,807.10 226,163,671.82 221,836,897.97 218,302,706.82 214,266,940.73 210,038,429.32 1,610,225,956.02
Net Payment 244,988,551.74 245,611,796.37 218,903,829.83 215,451,550.48 212,411,119.89 207,997,474.95 203,173,506.50 1,548,537,829.76
Write-off 37,834.97 177,943.86 293,823.77 389,867.11 457,090.63 573,719.00 651,493.91 2,581,773.25
Outstanding
Debts 20,839,115.55 7,962,066.87 6,966,018.22 5,995,480.38 5,434,496.30 5,695,746.78 6,213,428.91 59,106,353.01

 

Q1b. The total amount of Council Tax, in £, which was owed but never paid
by Universal Credit claimants since 2012/13 (broken down by municipal year
and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date).

Q1c. The number of households in receipt of Universal Credit which are
currently in arrears on their Council Tax.

A1b and A1c. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with the
information requested because it is not held by the Council. 

The City of Edinburgh Council does not hold records of all the claimants
who are in receipt of Universal Credit. We hold the number of claimants
provided by the Department For Works and Pensions but not the names and
addresses; this is not our data. To create this information, each Council
Tax record would require to be checked and every household within
Edinburgh contacted to confirm whether they are in receipt of Universal
Credit or not.

Please note that this letter constitutes a notice under section 17 of the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Q2. Since the national introduction of Universal Credit from 2013 onwards,
has your authority had to reduce the number of housing officers dealing
with benefits queries because of a reduction in government funding? If so,
please provide figures for government funding (in £) and staffing numbers
(in Full Time Equivalents) before and after these reductions.

A2. No, there has been no reduction in Housing Officers dealing with
benefits queries.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the
Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under
the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made
available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal
details. The disclosure log is available at the following link:
http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175...

 

Your right to seek a review

 

I appreciate that our decision may disappoint you and I am sorry that we
have not been able to release all the information you requested on this
occasion. If you are unhappy with the way we have dealt with your request,
you can ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to:

 

Head of Strategy & Insight

The City of Edinburgh Council

Waverley Court Business Centre 2:1

4, East Market Street

Edinburgh

EH8 8BG or,

Email: [email address]

 

Please note that your request must be in a recordable format (email,
letter, audio tape etc.), and that you have 40 working days upon receipt
of this letter to ask for a review. You will receive a full response to
your review request within 20 working days of its receipt. Please quote
the reference number above in any future communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the review, you can ask the
Scottish Information Commissioner to review our decision. You must submit
your complaint to the Commissioner within 6 months of receiving our review
response. The Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

Telephone: 01334 464610

Fax: 01334 464611

Website: www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

Email: [email address]

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Iain Burden

Information Rights Officer

 

 

Information Governance Unit

Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340

[Edinburgh City Council request email]  www.edinburgh.gov.uk

 

 

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