Council tax

Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to Lancaster City 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

info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear Ms Wilde,

I write to confirm receipt of your request for information, which was
received on 15th March 2019 and is now being processed under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000. Your request has been given the unique reference
number as stated in the subject header above and you should quote this
reference number in all correspondence. You should receive our response
within 20 working days; this means that you can expect to receive the
requested information by 12th April 2019. If we are unable to deal with
your request within that time limit or the Council does not hold the
information or there is a reason for it to be withheld, we will promptly
advise you in writing.

If you have any queries or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact
me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Kind regards,

Amy Holland

Information Governance Manager

Data Protection Officer

Email: [1][Lancaster City Council request email]

Tel:      (01524) 58 2000

 

Governance (Information Governance), Town Hall, Lancaster LA1 1PJ

Email:
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Dear Ms Wilde,

Freedom of Information Request - Ref: FOI 2450

Thank you for your request received on 15th March 2019 in which you asked
for the following information from Lancaster City Council:

 

You asked: “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.”

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

Response

 

1a)  Please see table below:

 

Year Unpaid Council Tax (£) Notes
2012/13 2441536  
2013/14 3130456  
2014/15 3159307  
2015/26 3759398  
2016/17 3625889  
2017/18 4023647  
2018/19 6825189 (as at 01/03/2019)

 

1b), 1c) and 2) – we cannot provide an answer to these questions as we
have no way of determining  who is and who is not on Universal Credit
unless they are claiming Council Tax support.

 

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Lancaster City Council

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Lancaster

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Yours sincerely

Amy Holland

Information Governance Manager

Data Protection Officer

Email: [3][Lancaster City Council request email]

Tel:      (01524) 58 2000

 

Governance (Information Governance), Town Hall, Lancaster LA1 1PJ

Email:
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Thank you for this response.

With regards to 1b, 1c and 2, in light of what you have said, can I please ask for the information relating to those who are on Universal Credit and claiming Council Tax support.

Kind regards,
Claire Wilde

info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear Ms Wilde,

I write to confirm receipt of your new request for information, which was
received on 4th April 2019 and is now being processed under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Your request has been given the unique reference
number as stated in the subject header above and you should quote this
reference number in all correspondence. You should receive our response
within 20 working days; this means that you can expect to receive the
requested information by 7th May 2019. If we are unable to deal with your
request within that time limit or the Council does not hold the
information or there is a reason for it to be withheld, we will promptly
advise you in writing.

If you have any queries or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact
me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Kind regards,

Amy Holland

Information Governance Manager

Data Protection Officer

Email: [1][Lancaster City Council request email]

Tel:      (01524) 58 2000

 

Governance (Information Governance), Town Hall, Lancaster LA1 1PJ

Email:
[2][Lancaster City Council request email]                                                              

Website: [3]http://www.lancaster.gov.uk

 

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