Dear East Devon District 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,

steve perkins

East Devon District Council

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FOI EDDC, East Devon District Council

Dear Mr Perkins,

 

Thank you for your FOI enquiry. Please find our response below.

 

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?

 

Our service level agreements prevents agents seizing items without the
permission of the authority

 

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

 

Information not held.

 

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?

 

We expect our agents to comply with all industry standards and legislation

 

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

 

We expect our agents to comply with all industry standards and legislation
failure to do so could result in the termination of the contract

 

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?

 

We expect our agents to be open to us. Failure to do so could result in
the termination of the contract

 

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

 

Agents are expected to keep accurate records and provide a full report for
every customer

 

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?

 

Replacement of agents would be done via a procurement process. The rules
of this process would need to be followed

 

8. Who are your current agents

 

Ross and Roberts

Rossendales

 

 

I hope this information is helpful but, if you feel dissatisfied with the
way we have responded to your request, please contact our Monitoring
Officer, Mr Henry Gordon Lennox, to request an internal review
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You may also approach the Information Commissioner for advice at
[2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sara

 

Ms S Harvey

Information and Complaints Officer

East Devon District Council

 

[3][email address]

01395 571659

www.eastdevon.gov.uk

 

From: steve perkins [mailto:[FOI #629598 email]]
Sent: 19 December 2019 22:14
To: FOI EDDC <[East Devon District Council request email]>
Subject: FOI ref 101000950166 - Bailiff indemnities due 21.1.2020

 

Dear East Devon District 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,

steve perkins

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Dear FOI EDDC,

thank you for your prompt attention and answers

with regards to question 1

this refers to

do you allow agents to issue indemnities against prosecution to people under mental health care without you knowing

ie if a agent seizes goods he shouldnt and doesnt want the council to know he issues a indemnity that they then conceal .ie a breach of equality duty

ie goods that are taken in error and then have to be returned but before they are they seek a financial gain at the detriment to the vulnerable person and the council .is this allowed.hypotehtical but answer is in the public interest and answer will be contained in your code of ethics and contract

Yours sincerely,

steve perkins

FOI EDDC, East Devon District Council

Dear Mr Perkins,

 

Thank you for your email. With regards to the first question our answers
is as before ‘Our service level agreements prevents agents seizing items
without the permission of the authority’.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sara

 

Ms S Harvey

Information and Complaints Officer

East Devon District Council

 

[1][email address]

01395 571659

www.eastdevon.gov.uk

 

From: steve perkins [mailto:[FOI #629598 email]]
Sent: 20 January 2020 13:38
To: FOI EDDC <[East Devon District Council request email]>
Subject: Re: EDDC Response to your FOI enquiry

 

Dear FOI EDDC,

thank you for your prompt attention and answers

with regards to question 1

this refers to

do you allow agents to issue indemnities against prosecution to people
under mental health care without you knowing

ie if a agent seizes goods he shouldnt and doesnt want the council to know
he issues a indemnity that they then conceal .ie a breach of equality duty

ie goods that are taken in error and then have to be returned but before
they are they seek a financial gain at the detriment to the vulnerable
person and the council .is this allowed.hypotehtical but answer is in the
public interest and answer will be contained in your code of ethics and
contract

Yours sincerely,

steve perkins

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Dear FOI EDDC,

sorry you are still misunderstanding

say you have given them agreement to seize

but they breach human rights by taking too much

they realise it so they hold onto the goods for 3 months having put the owner of the goods in mental health care

they then agree to return them but onoy if the person in hospital signs a form to say he wont sue

they never tell you about this form and they never tell you why after 3 months they are returning a huge amount of equipment

2 companies and 7 jobs are lost as a result

hypothetical to you but one large bailiff firm has produced this secret deal and it is in the public interest you make your stance known using info comntained in your contract

Yours sincerely,

steve perkins

FOI EDDC, East Devon District Council

Dear Mr Perkins,

 

Thank you for your enquiry. The scenario you have mentioned is not covered
within our Service Level Agreements. However should such a scenario arise
we would investigate and take action based on the facts of each case and
in conjunction with legal advice.

 

I hope this response has been helpful.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sara

 

Ms S Harvey

Information and Complaints Officer

East Devon District Council

 

[1][email address]

01395 571659

www.eastdevon.gov.uk

 

From: steve perkins [mailto:[FOI #629598 email]]
Sent: 21 January 2020 18:17
To: FOI EDDC <[East Devon District Council request email]>
Subject: FOI ref 101000950166 - Bailiff indemnities due 21.1.2020 feedback
and closed 20.1.2020

 

Dear FOI EDDC,

sorry you are still misunderstanding

say you have given them agreement to seize

but they breach human rights by taking too much

they realise it so they hold onto the goods for 3 months having put the
owner of the goods in mental health care

they then agree to return them but onoy if the person in hospital signs a
form to say he wont sue

they never tell you about this form and they never tell you why after 3
months they are returning a huge amount of equipment

2 companies and 7 jobs are lost as a result

hypothetical to you but one large bailiff firm has produced this secret
deal and it is in the public interest you make your stance known using
info comntained in your contract

Yours sincerely,

steve perkins

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