Council Tax Liabilty Orders

The request was refused by Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council,

Can you please provide me with the following information under the freedom of information act.

1. The number of Liability Orders obtained by WMBC/WBC/WC for the past six years. Please list the year and the amount for all six.

2. The number of Liability Orders served on the individuals named on them. This applies to all six years.

3. The location of any Liability Orders that have not been served on the named individuals. This applies to all six years

4. If any Liability Orders have been sold/ traded or transferred to any department within the Local Authority, third party or franchises, could you please list how many and/or the amount gained from the transactions. This applies to all six years

5. Can you please explain what procedures, protocols or safeguards you have in place to ensure that all Council Tax Liability Summonses and Liability Orders are correctly issued to people within the Borough. This would be your Due Diligence. As an example, if you issued a summons to someone who had died, been jailed or moved out of the Borough, what protocols or safeguards would pick up on this?

If any instructions, minutes or transcript of any kind exist detailing any of the above, I would like to see them.

Yours faithfully,

A Ratchford

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Ratchford,

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Information Act, that the request is vexatious.  Under Section 14(1) of
the Act we are entitled to not comply with vexatious requests and will
therefore not be providing you with the information requested.

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