Council tax

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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

City Contact Centre, Newport City Council

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Newport City Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request for information about :

Council Tax

Received on 18/03/2019

This request has been formally logged in our FOI management system and has been assigned the reference REQ06773.
You should receive a reply to your request within the statutory time limit of 20 working days.

Please remember to quote the reference number REQ06773 in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,
Information Management

NCC - Information Management, Newport City Council

Dear Claire Wilde,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information which I have enclosed
below for ease of reference. Your request has been treated in accordance
with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004.

 

Your Request : REQ06773

 

I can confirm that we hold information that falls within the scope of your
request. The answers to your questions have been provided in Red Text
below

 

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); This
information is published annually and can be found here
[1]https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/L...

 

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);  We do not hold information
relating to Universal Credit claimants and arrears owed.

 

1c) The number of households in receipt of Universal Credit which are
currently in arrears on their Council Tax; We do not hold information on
the number of households claiming Universal Credit in arrears, the fact
that a household may be claiming Universal credit is not information that
is available to the council tax team unless they are also claiming council
tax support.

 

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. Newport City
Council do not have any housing officers that deal with benefit queries as
we do not have any housing stock. 

 

I hope this provides the information you were looking for; if there is any
further information that we can provide, please submit a further request.
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Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
Councils complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioners Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

For future reference, all Freedom of Information requests can now be
submitted via the link below.

 

[2]www.newport.gov.uk/foi

 

Regards

 

Kind regards,

Jodi Pontin

Swyddog Rheoli Gwybodaeth / Information Management Officer

Pobl a Newid Busnes  / People and Business Change

Cyngor Dinas Casnewydd  / Newport City Council

 

 

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1. https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/L...
2. http://www.newport.gov.uk/foi