Bailiff indemnities

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Dear Norfolk County Council,

can you please answer under public interest using yes or no answers or a detailed description if you wish ...

the answers should 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 prior
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.before a seizure of a persons assets do you make sure under human rights act that the bailiff has done a fair and balanced test with regards to whether the seizure is in the favour of the public interest

Yours faithfully,

dan perkins

Freedom of Information, Norfolk County Council

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Good Morning,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-384125-V7Y9K6

 

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Freedom of Information, Norfolk County Council

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Dear Mr Perkins

 

Freedom of Information Request ENQ- 384125-V7Y9K6

 

I refer to your request for information dated 22 December 2019.

 

You asked for:

 

1. Does your enforcement agent contract allow your enforcement agents to
issue an indemnity against prosecution for themselves without the prior
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 ?

 

8.before a seizure of a persons assets do you make sure under human rights
act that the bailiff has done a fair and balanced test with regards to
whether the seizure is in the favour of the public interest

 

 

Our response:          

 

Norfolk County Council does not have a contract with any bailiff to
collect debts.

 

If all of the above requests for information relate to the collection of
business rates, then I would advise you to contact the following
District/Borough/City Councils in Norfolk, as Norfolk County Council is
not the Billing Authority for Council Tax or Business Rates.

 

[1][email address]

[2][email address]

[3][email address]

[4][email address]

[5][email address]

[6][email address]

[7][email address]

 

 

If you are dissatisfied with our handling of your request you have the
right of appeal through the Council’s internal review procedure by setting
out the grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

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or Information Compliance Team

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County Hall

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Norwich

NR1 2DH

 

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First Contact Team

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Yours sincerely

 

Bev Whittaker, Information Compliance Officer 

Information Management 

Tel: 01603 638017 | Dept: 01603 222661

Bays 7,8 & 9, Ground Floor, South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane,
Norwich 

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From: Freedom of Information
Sent: 23 December 2019 11:43
To: 'dan74' <[FOI #630110 email]>
Subject: ENQ-384125-V7Y9K6 Freedom of Information request - Bailiff
indemnities

 

Good Morning,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-384125-V7Y9K6

 

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 received on 22 December 2019.
 
We have up to 20 working days in which to deal with your request. If we
require clarification regarding your request, we will contact you to
explain this. The 20 working day period will then start from the day that
we receive your clarification.
 
You will also be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying
copies of the information.

 

Please also be aware that, if the requested information contains
references to any third parties, we may need to consult these individuals
about the release of their personal data before making a decision whether
or not to release the information to you.

 

We will also provide an explanation if any information is not released to
you.

 

Should you have any queries regarding your request, please contact the
team by email [15][email address] or by telephone
01603 222661.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant

Information Compliance Team

Dept: 01603 222661

Bay 7-9, Ground Floor, County Hall, Norwich

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Dear Norfolk County Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Norfolk County 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,

dan74

Freedom of Information, Norfolk County Council

Good Morning,

 

Please can you clarify if you wish to submit an FOI Internal Review and,
if so, your reasons why?

 

Thank you,

 

Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant

Information Compliance Team

Dept: 01603 222661

Bay 7-9, Ground Floor, County Hall, Norwich

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