Council Tax refund.

Ken Baker made this Freedom of Information request to Leeds City Council

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From: Ken Baker

6 October 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to know if the Leeds Council has a system for Council
Tax refund for services not given eg refuse not collected. I have
requested this info directly but been unsuccessful.

Yours faithfully,

Ken Baker

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Leeds City Council

6 October 2009


Attachment 3476 Acknowledgement Letter.pdf
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Dear Sir

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please find attached
acknowledgement letter.

Yours faithfully

Katrina Jenkins
Legal Officer
Property and Finance
Legal, Licensing and Registration
Civic Hall
Leeds
LS1 1UR

Tel: 0113 2474392
Fax: 0113 2474651
e-mail: [Leeds City Council request email]
www.leeds.gov.uk

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Leeds City Council

21 October 2009


Attachment FOI 3476 Response.pdf
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Please see attached letter in respect of your recent Freedom of
Information request

Regards,

Paul Burns
Freedom of Information & Data Protection Officer
Service Development
Resources Directorate
Leeds City Council

Fax: (0113) 39 50568
www.leeds.gov.uk

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From: Ken Baker

21 October 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,
So you are telling me that Leeds City Council can legally take my
money and not give the services offered and not give any recompense

Yours faithfully,

Ken Baker

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Leeds City Council

23 October 2009

Dear Mr Baker,

Council tax refunds will not be available to Leeds residents during this
period of industrial action. We have a duty to provide a service to Leeds
residents and that is what we are doing, albeit one that is disrupted and
below the level we would usually want to provide. Residents can also use
Leeds' network of household waste sorting sites and bring banks to dispose
of any excess waste or recycling during this period.

Regards

Paul Burns
Freedom of Information & Data Protection Officer
Service Development
Resources Directorate
Leeds City Council

Tel: (0113) 22 43032
Fax: (0113) 39 50568
www.leeds.gov.uk

Ken Baker To [email address]
<[FOI #19502 email]> cc
Subject Internal review of Freedom
21/10/2009 18:15 of Information request -
Council Tax refund.

Dear Sir or Madam,
So you are telling me that Leeds City Council can legally take my
money and not give the services offered and not give any recompense

Yours faithfully,

Ken Baker

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From: Ken Baker

12 January 2010

Dear Leeds City Council,

Actually my request was to ask what provision for refund was
available not if you intended to do so. Please could you answer
this.

Ken Baker

Yours faithfully,

Ken Baker

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Leeds City Council

20 January 2010

Dear Mr Baker,

Thank you for your email. As referred to in a previous response, Leeds
City Council did not have any provision for Council Tax refunds in respect
to the recent industrial action.

Should you require any information about Leeds City Council's Council Tax
Council discounts, exemptions and reductions, please visit the following:
[1]http://www.leeds.gov.uk/page.aspx?pageid....

Kind Regards

Paul Burns
Freedom of Information & Data Protection Officer
Service Development
Resources Directorate
Leeds City Council

Tel: (0113) 22 43032
Fax: (0113) 39 50568
www.leeds.gov.uk

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From: Ken Baker

20 January 2010

Dear Leeds City Council,
Thank you for your reply. Forget the last strike action .. Does
Leeds City Council have provisions of return of money paid to them
for servicers promised but not provided? If not surely this can not
be lawful taking money for no service supplied..

Yours faithfully,

Ken Baker

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Leeds City Council

20 January 2010

Dear Mr Baker,

I will be unable to deal with your enquiry using
'[FOI #19502 email]' as this relates to your
Freedom of Information request 3476 to which I have replied.

However, to ensure that your enquiry is dealt with please could you let me
know which services your are referring to in your email and a alternative
means of replying to you. Once I have this information I will pass it on
to the relevant section.

Regards

Paul Burns
Freedom of Information & Data Protection Officer
Service Development
Resources Directorate
Leeds City Council

Tel: (0113) 22 43032
Fax: (0113) 39 50568
www.leeds.gov.uk

Ken Baker To [email address]
<[FOI #19502 email]> cc
Subject Internal review of Freedom
20/01/2010 15:24 of Information request -
Council Tax refund.

Dear Leeds City Council,
Thank you for your reply. Forget the last strike action .. Does
Leeds City Council have provisions of return of money paid to them
for servicers promised but not provided? If not surely this can not
be lawful taking money for no service supplied..

Yours faithfully,

Ken Baker

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Michael Dean left an annotation (24 January 2010)

Quote-marks Leeds City Council took monies for services not provide for about 3 years from 360 residents from muti story flats in Leeds9 for services NOT provided. I complained to the ombudsman and the council agreed that they had not provided the correct level of service.
The Ombudsman told me that the council could charge what they liked for service even though we were charged twice as much as the rest of Leeds for the same services. They also told me that the Council Officers were PROFESSIONALS and didn't make mistakes!!!!The charge has now been dropped but no refund for the 3 years we were overcharged

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Garry Clarkson left an annotation (20 May 2010)

Quote-marks It is possible that Paul Burns is incorrect when he transfers by implication the responsibility to dispose of waste onto residents rather than the council themselves who should have arranged disposal of waste during the 11 week refuse strike. Having rats crawl along litter is an offence under the Environment Protection Act 1990. The case law is clear:

Leeds City Council -v- Spencer
24 May 1999
CA
Local Government
A local authority had a statutory duty to collect waste, and could not therefore serve a notice, requiring a landowner to clear his land of rubbish, and to remove rats and mice which had gathered. That duty was its own, and could not be moved onto others.
Environmental Protection Act 1990 45

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From: Ken Baker

20 May 2010

Dear Leeds City Council,

Still awaiting a reply.

Yours faithfully,

Ken Baker

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From: FOI Resources
Leeds City Council

24 May 2010

Dear Mr Baker,

I replied to your request on Wednesday 20/1/2010, in my response I asked for clarification of the services you refer to and as we did not receive a reply, no further action was taken on this request.

If you would like to clarify which services you refer to in your request I will ensure this is sent to the relevant service to respond to your enquiry.

Regards,

Paul Burns
Freedom of Information & Data Protection Officer
Service Development
Resources Directorate
Leeds City Council

Tel: (0113) 22 43032
Fax: (0113) 39 50568
www.leeds.gov.uk

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