Dear Basildon Borough Council,

nder foi or in the public interest can you please answer the following questions...we have had over 20 councils now reply to the same questions within 48 hours .we hope you will do the same

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/excessively seized goods to vulnerable people
2. Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements where goods
have to be returned?
3. Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act by giving a protected party a disadvantage if it meant your
business rates were collected?
4. How would you react if they did this without you knowing?
5. Would you class a secret indemnity 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
thank you for your public concern in answering these questions asap.
7.if you knew a bailiff agency had hidden a secret indemnity and a failed levy from a large council for years knowing the victim was vulnerable and that the failed levy had caused insurmountable issues would this concern you ?

Yours faithfully,

Yours faithfully,

steve perkins

Yours faithfully,

steve perkins

Dpo, Basildon Borough Council

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Dear Basildon Borough Council,

under foi or in the public interest can you please answer the following
questions...we have had over 20 councils now reply to the same questions
within 48 hours .we hope you will do the same

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/excessively
seized goods to vulnerable people

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

3. Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act by
giving a protected party a disadvantage if it meant your business rates
were collected?

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

5. Would you class a secret indemnity 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 thank you for your public concern
in answering these questions asap.

7.if you knew a bailiff agency had hidden a secret indemnity and a failed
levy from a large council for years knowing the victim was vulnerable and
that the failed levy had caused insurmountable issues would this concern
you ?

Yours faithfully,

Yours faithfully,

steve perkins 

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Dear Mr  Perkins

I refer to your Freedom of Information request submitted on 19/12/2019.

I have the response received 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/excessively
seized goods to vulnerable people - Yes

Based on the questions asked we are only able to provide information for
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Dear Basildon Borough Council,

are you sure you understand these questions properly

you are saying you would allow the equality act to be broken by a bailiff and they can hide that from you?

Yours faithfully,

steve perkins

Dpo, Basildon Borough Council

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Dear Basildon Borough Council,

under the public interest test over 50 other councils have answered all of these questions.we would ask you do the same
these are questions of ethics and in the public interest so in view of transparancy we would welcome a better attempt

i also believe you may have misunderstood question 1 where you are saying you allow a bailiff to commit fraud and breach equality

Yours faithfully,

steve perkins

Dpo, Basildon Borough Council

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Dpo, Basildon Borough Council

Dear Mr Perkins,

I have passed this onto the appropriate manager who will respond to you direct.

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Business Rates, Basildon Borough Council

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Dear Mr Perkins.
 
Please find below the answers to your questions in full:
 
Dear Basildon Borough Council,

under foi or in the public interest can you please answer the following
questions...we have had over 20 councils now reply to the same questions
within 48 hours .we hope you will do the same

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/excessively
seized goods to vulnerable people -  Apologies, it seems you the original
answer was misunderstood, of course we wouldn’t allow enforcement agents
to commit fraud and breach equality and our contract reflects this.

2. Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements
where goods have to be returned? No

3. Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act by
giving a protected party a disadvantage if it meant your business rates
were collected? No

4. How would you react if they did this without you knowing? This would
be dealt with internally via a formal investigation.

5. Would you class a secret indemnity which achieves a gain at the cost to
the vulnerable victim a material breach of contract .? If found to be the
case this would be a decision that would be made by the Councils
Solicitors.
6. Must enforcement agents always report failed levies and a full report
when dealing with vulnerable customers thank you for your public concern
in answering these questions asap. Yes

7.if you knew a bailiff agency had hidden a secret indemnity and a failed
levy from a large council for years knowing the victim was vulnerable and
that the failed levy had caused insurmountable issues would this concern
you ? yes
 
I trust this answer now meets your needs more.
 
Kind regards
 
 
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[3]www.basildon.gov.uk/privacy
 
 
 
 
 

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Dear Business Rates,

thank you for your transaprancy and prompt attention and we are grateful for your apology about the misunderstanding
it is great to see a council on top of fraud and able to answer with so much clarity .well done .very responsible approach

Yours sincerely,

steve perkins

Business Rates, Basildon Borough Council

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