Dear Sunderland 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

Solicitor - Freedom of Information, Sunderland City Council

Re: Your request for information concerning:

Debt Management

The Council aims to provide available information promptly and in any event within 20 working days, unless, exceptionally, there is a need to consider whether the information is exempt from disclosure.

I will contact you again soon in connection with your request.

Please quote the reference below if you contact the Council regarding this request.

Customer Request Number: FOI_1350

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Sharon Holden, Sunderland City Council

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Dear Mr Spring


Please see attached response to your recent freedom of information


Kind regards




Sharon Holden IRRV (Hons)

Revenues Manager

Corporate Services

Sunderland City Council


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