Council tax

Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to Bolsover District Council as part of a batch sent to 414 authorities

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To whom it may concern,

Please can I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1a) In £, the total amount of Council Tax which was unpaid, by municipal year from 2012/13 and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date);

1b) The total amount of Council Tax, in £, which was owed but never paid by Universal Credit claimants since 2012/13 (broken down by municipal year and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date);

1c) The number of households in receipt of Universal Credit which are currently in arrears on their Council Tax;

2) Since the national introduction of Universal Credit from 2013 onwards, has your authority had to reduce the number of housing officers dealing with benefits queries because of a reduction in government funding? If so, please provide figures for government funding (in £) and staffing numbers (in Full Time Equivalents) before and after these reductions.

If my request cannot be met within cost limits, please can you provide me with advice on how I may refine my request,

Yours faithfully,

Claire Wilde

Alison Sipson, Bolsover District Council

Please Ask For:  Alison Sipson
Direct Line:  01246 242383
E-mail:  [1][Bolsover District Council request email]
Date: 19th March 2019
 
Claire Wilde
[FOI #561571 email]
 
 
Dear Claire
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST
 
Your reference number – F/636/1819
 
Thank you for your email of 18th March 2019 requesting information about
Council tax.
 
Your request is being considered under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. We aim to answer your request within 20 working days from the date
we received it, as prescribed under the Act.  
 
For your information, the Act gives you the right to be told whether we
hold the information (subject to absolute exemptions). The Act also
defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the
information you have requested. You will be informed if this is the case,
together with your rights of appeal.
 
If the information you request contains reference to a third party then
they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to
release the information to you. You will be informed if we need more time
to do this.
 
A fee may be charged for disbursements. If a fee is to be charged you will
be notified in writing.
 
If you have any queries about this letter please do not hesitate to
contact us on the above contact details. Please remember to quote the
reference number above in any future communications.
 
Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House 
Water Lane 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF 
Telephone:   0303 123 1113
[2]www.ico.org.uk
 
Yours sincerely
 
Wayne Gorman
Information and Policy Officer
Bolsover District Council/North East Derbyshire District Council
Performance - People Directorate
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Alison Sipson, Bolsover District Council

Please Ask For:  Alison Sipson
Direct Line:  01246 242383
E-mail:   [Bolsover District Council request email]
Date: 22nd March 2019
 
Claire Wilde
[FOI #561571 email]
 
 
 
 
Dear Claire
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST
 
Reference F/636/1819
 
Your request for information has been considered and, to the best of our
knowledge, the information we hold which relates to your request is as
follows:
 
1a) In £, the total amount of Council Tax which was unpaid, by municipal
year from 2012/13 and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date);
 
2012/13: £1,387,433
2013/14: £1,688,189
2014/15: £1,925,420
2015/16: £1,969,788
2016/17: £2,081,800
2017/18: £2,248,945
2018/19: £1,325,893 (as at 01/03/19)
 
1b) The total amount of Council Tax, in £, which was owed but never paid
by Universal Credit claimants since 2012/13 (broken down by municipal year
and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date);
 
No information held. Universal Credit is not administered by the Local
Authority and therefore we would not have data on all claimants of
Universal Credit.
 
 
1c) The number of households in receipt of Universal Credit which are
currently in arrears on their Council Tax;
 
 
As above
 
2) Since the national introduction of Universal Credit from 2013 onwards,
has your authority had to reduce the number of housing officers dealing
with benefits queries because of a reduction in government funding? If so,
please provide figures for government funding (in £) and staffing numbers
(in Full Time Equivalents) before and after these reductions.
 
Bolsover District Council has not had to reduce the number of Housing
Benefit Officers dealing with benefit queries because of a reduction in
government funding.
 
I hope that you are satisfied with our response. However, if you are
dissatisfied in any way with the handling of your information request your
next step would be to clearly state in writing why you are dissatisfied
and the Council will treat this as a formal complaint in accordance with
our Compliments, Comments and Complaints policy. The policy together with
information on how to make a complaint is available on the Council’s
website [1]www.bolsover.gov.uk or by emailing CCCAdmin[2]@bolsover.gov.uk.
 
 
I also have a duty to make you aware of the Information Commissioner's
Office, which is an independent body who monitors the Data Protection Act,
the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations,
and make sure organisations fulfil their legal obligations under the
Acts.  They can be contacted at:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF 
Telephone:   0303 123 1113
[3]www.ico.org.uk
 
Yours sincerely
 
Wayne Gorman
Information and Policy Officer
Bolsover District Council/North East Derbyshire District Council
Performance - People Directorate
NEDDC Ext 7688 BDC Ext 7688
 
 
 
 
 

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