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Dear Hillingdon 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,

claire moore

Yours faithfully,

claire moore

Residents Services FOI, Hillingdon Borough Council

Dear Claire Moore,
I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000, received 20/12/2019  

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we have 20 working days to
respond to your requests.  Therefore the deadline for our response
is 22/01/2020

 

If we require further information or clarification from you in order to
assist us in responding to your request, or if we require a fee to be paid
before we can respond we will contact you shortly.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Michelle Barber

Members Liaison Officer /FOI Officer

Residents Services

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Residents Services FOI, Hillingdon Borough Council

Dear Claire Moore, 
I am writing in response to your recent request for Information below.

 

In accordance with S1(3) of the FOIA before we can respond to your request
we require some clarification of the information you are seeking. 

 

In particular please could you clarify what information you require in
respect of the following points submitted: 

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
.?

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 ?

Regards

Michelle Barber (on behalf of

Data Protection &
Freedom of Information Officer
Legal Services (3E 04)
London Borough of Hillingdon
Civic Centre
High Street
Uxbridge
UB8 1UW
T: 01895  556351

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Dear Residents Services FOI,
thank you for your reply

the reasons for our questioning is that it has come to our attention certain bailiff firms are going behind their councils back sin order to achieve a financial gain that can be detrimental to the vulnerable and to the council when they get sued because of it.
the questions maybe hypothetical but they are in the public interest . a search of the phrase bailiff indemnities on here will see many councils have already replied .we hope you can do the same

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?

ie if a bailiff took advantage of someone under care by achieving a financial gain they should nto have and failed to tell you ,what would you do ?

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

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
.?

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 ?ie if you heard this bailiff firm had concealed a gain from another council and that council was now seen to have broken human rights would you give them the benefit of the doubt.?

Yours sincerely,

claire moore

Residents Services FOI, Hillingdon Borough Council

Dear Claire Moore,
I am writing in response to your clarification, received 03/01/2020

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we have 20 working days to
respond to your requests.  Therefore the deadline for our response
is 31/01/2020

 

If we require further information or clarification from you in order to
assist us in responding to your request, or if we require a fee to be paid
before we can respond we will contact you shortly. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Michelle Barber

Members Liaison Officer /FOI Officer

Residents Services

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FOI ., Hillingdon Borough Council

Dear Claire Moore

 

I am writing in response to your request for information below.

 

Please see the council's 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? 

 

We do not hold this information

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

 

Any agreements made are within the Taking Control of Goods Regulations

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? 

 

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

 

N/A

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
.?

 

N/A

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

 

They report on all failed levies.  

 

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 ?

N/A

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

8.who are your current agents - 

 

Bristow & Sutor

Phoenix

Stanford and Green 

 

 

If you wish to request an internal review of our response you should
write, within 2 months, to:

Office Managing Partner, Legal Services, Civic Centre, High St, Uxbridge,
UB8 1UW (or via email to [1][Hillingdon Borough Council request email] marked for the attention
of the Office Managing Partner).

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply 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.

 

Regards

 

Nathalie Chuhan    
Data Protection &
Freedom of Information Officer
Legal Services (3E 04)
London Borough of Hillingdon
Civic Centre
High Street
Uxbridge
UB8 1UW
T: 01895  556351

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Dear FOI .,

hello the answers are not really detailed unlike the other 100 councils that have answered the same questions

you can answer using your code of ethics and contract.whilst hypothetical it is in the public interest and your interest due to certain large bailiff firms we believe abusing their power

it may well be in your interest to answer if possible

Yours sincerely,

claire moore

FOI ., Hillingdon Borough Council

Dear Claire Moore

 

Thank you for your email

 

Your email has been construed as an request for internal review, which
will be carried out by the Office Managing Partner, Mr Egan, whom will
revert back to you in due course

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.     

 

Kind regards

Data Protection &
Freedom of Information Officer
Legal Services (3E 04)
London Borough of Hillingdon
Civic Centre
High Street
Uxbridge
UB8 1UW
T: 01895  556351

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Glen Egan, Hillingdon Borough Council

Dear Claire Moore,
I write to acknowledge your request for an Internal Review regarding the
above.

I will revert in due course.

Yours sincerely
Glen Egan
Office Managing Partner | London Borough of Hillingdon | Legal Services
3E/04
Tel: 01895 277602 | Fax: 01895 250784 | E-mail:
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Dear Claire Moore,
Please see attached response to the above.
Yours sincerely
Glen Egan
Office Managing Partner | London Borough of Hillingdon | Legal Services
3E/04
Tel: 01895 277602 | Fax: 01895 250784 | E-mail:
[1][email address]
Hillingdon Council routinely monitors the content of emails sent and
received via its network for the purposes of ensuring compliance with its
policies and procedures. The contents of this message are for the
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intended recipient or addressee, or the person responsible for sending the
message you may not copy, forward, disclose or otherwise use it or any
part of it in any way. To do so may be unlawful. If you receive this email
by mistake please advise the sender immediately. Where opinions are
expressed they are not necessarily those of the London Borough of
Hillingdon. Service by email is not accepted unless by prior agreement.

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