Council tax

Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to Middlesbrough 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

foi, Middlesbrough Council

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Dear Ms Wilde

 

REF NO:014253

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry, received on 15^th March 2019, in
relation to Council Tax.  I can confirm that your enquiry is receiving
attention and a response will be provided within 20 working days following
receipt of your enquiry as allowed under the Freedom of Information Act
legislation.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me direct on (01642) 729696/729698 or
email [Middlesbrough Council request email] should you require any further advice or
assistance with this or any other matter.

 

 

Yours sincerely

Janette Anderson

Information Request Officer

Strategy, Information and Governance

P.O. Box 500
Civic Centre
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FT

Email:   [2][Middlesbrough Council request email]
 

 

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Dear Ms Wilde

 

REF NO:014253

 

I am writing to confirm that Middlesbrough Council has now completed its
search for the information you requested.  Your request has been
considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act. 

 

In your request you asked for the following information:

 

Response:

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);

 

            Unpaid

2012    809,447.15

2013    1,461,062.66

2014    1,840,109.18

2015    2,393,784.74

2016    3,191,214.71

2017    4,038,800.13

2018    5,305,579.43

 

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);

 

The sums stated do not apportion debt based on the date that Universal
Credit entitlement commenced, but aggregate any unpaid Council Tax for the
year in which it commenced, reflecting system limitations.

 

            Unpaid

2012    0.00

2013    0.00

2014    0.00

2015    4,636.25

2016    45,934.92

2017    42,569.20

2018    200,775.27

 

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

 

The count of households is based on system unique identifiers, which an
individual could have more than one of. A couple who separate and also
have accounts separately would be counted as 3 separate households i.e.
jointly, and individually.

1540

 

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.

 

No

If you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
contact me via email [Middlesbrough Council request email].  Please remember to quote
the reference number shown above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled you may ask
for an internal review within 40 days of receipt of the response. You
should 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

Janette Anderson

Information Requests Officer

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

Middlesbrough

TS1 9FT

Email:   [Middlesbrough Council request email]
 

 

All intellectual property rights are reserved.  Trademarks, brand names,
company names, and logos are the property of Middlesbrough Council, or of
their respective owners.  Reproduction, alterations, modification,
distribution, or re-publication in any format, without prior written
permission from the property owner is forbidden.

 

The Council's copyright and other intellectual property rights are
protected by UK laws and by international treaties.

 

 

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