Dear Leeds City Council,

How much provision was made for bad debt for 2019/20?
What was that figure based on?
How much debt was outstanding at the 31st March 2019?
What proportion of the debts were related to:
Council Tax arrears?
NNDR arrears?
Housing/Council Benefit overpayments?
Commercial property?
Staff overpayments?
Sundry debts?
How much of that debt was more than 90 days old?
How much of that debt was more than 1 year old?
How much of that debt was more than 2 years old?
How much of outstanding debts was written off at 31st March 2019 as un-recoverable?
Does the Council have a corporate debt recovery policy?
Does the council maintain a central database of debts?
Does the council operate a data matching service for debtors names and addresses?
Has the council centralised arrangements for raising of debts?
Has the council centralised arrangements for pursuing debts?
Has the council appointed a debt collection agency for debts?
Does the council factor debts?
What action is taken to prevent debts arising?

Yours faithfully,

phil spring

DPFOI, Leeds City Council

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Dear Phil Spring,

 

Freedom of Information Request (Ref: 228694)

 

I refer to the above and your request dated 10 September 2019. I have
contacted the relevant services and now provide a response to your request
relating to debt management.

 

Please see attached document which provides the response to your
questions.  

 

I trust that this response is satisfactory. If however you are
dissatisfied with this response you have a right to appeal to an
independent officer within the council. They will re-examine your request
and assess whether we have adhered to the requirements of the act. Should
you wish to follow this course of action please address your concerns in
writing to the above address.

 

You also have a right under Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act
to ask the Information Commissioner to decide whether we have met with our
obligations under the act.  The Commissioner has however made it clear
that she expects all applicants to exhaust internal appeals procedures
prior to making such an application. Should you wish to contact the
Commissioner’s office then you can write to the following address:

 

Office of the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

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I trust that this is self-explanatory.  If you have any queries please
contact me using the contact information above.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Rizwana Parvin

Information Governance Officer

Requests Team

Information Management and Governance

Digital and Information Service

Leeds City Council

 

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