Dear Middlesbrough 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

Yours faithfully,

steve

foi, Middlesbrough Council

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Dear Middlesbrough Council,

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

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

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A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

steve

foi, Middlesbrough Council

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concerning a request for information, please treat this email as an
acknowledgment of your request. A response will be provided within 20
working days of receipt.

If you are requesting personal information about yourself (Subject Access
Request), a member of the team will contact you regarding making your
request live. Subject Access Requests are subject to a statutory 30
calendar day response period.

Regards
Information Requests Team

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Dear Middlesbrough Council,

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

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

delayed

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

steve

foi, Middlesbrough Council

Thank you for contacting the Information Requests Team. If your email is
concerning a request for information, please treat this email as an
acknowledgment of your request. A response will be provided within 20
working days of receipt.

If you are requesting personal information about yourself (Subject Access
Request), a member of the team will contact you regarding making your
request live. Subject Access Requests are subject to a statutory 30
calendar day response period.

Regards
Information Requests Team

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Dear Mr Perkins

 

REF NO: 015229

 

I refer to your information request, which was received on 22^nd December
2019 and your subsequent email dated 19^th February, requesting an
internal review.  Your request has been considered in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. 

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your
request.  The council’s answers to your questions are detailed below. 

 

Please note that the Freedom of Information Act only applies to
information held by the Authority.  Asking the council to describe
something or to respond to a hypothetical question is a matter of
opinion/interpretation and is not information held and therefore does not
apply under FOIA.

 

In your request you asked for the following information:

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?

Response: No

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

Response: No

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?

Response: Our Service Level Agreement states that Enforcement Agents will
act in accordance with the Equalities Act.

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

Response:  Please refer to Question 3.

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?

Response: Enforcement Agents are required to act in accordance with our
Service Level Agreement and legislation which governs their conduct.

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

Response:  Enforcement Agents work collaboratively in accordance with the
Council Service Level Agreement.

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.

Response: Contractual arrangements are agreed in line with the Council’s
Legal Services Team.

8. Who are your current agents?

Response: Our current Enforcement Agents are Equita, Jacobs and
Rossendales

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled and still
wish to request an internal review please do so within 40 days of receipt
of the response.  You can email [Middlesbrough Council request email] or write to:-

Ann-Marie Johnstone,

Governance and Information Manager,
P.O. Box 500
2^nd Floor

Civic Centre

Middlesbrough

TS1 9FT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for an
independent review.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: -

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Information Requests Team

Strategy, Information and Governance
P.O. Box 500
Civic Centre

Middlesbrough

TS1 9FT

Email:   [Middlesbrough Council request email]
 

 

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