Ensuring customers are not subject to unnecessary recovery action, additional costs or hardship
Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,
A council taxpayer who owes more than just the current year's liability runs the risk of incurring additional recovery costs through a further application for a liability order if payments which are intended for the current year's liability are allocated by the council's computer to the previous year's liability. This would most likely happen where a non specific payment is made and the computer software is set to automatically allocate these payments to the oldest year's debt.
Councils computer systems have the necessary flexibility to be set to allow non specific payments to be allocated to the arrears or the current year's liability.
I understand that the majority of billing authorities have their computer software set to ensure that their customers are not subject to unnecessary recovery action, additional costs or hardship, i.e. so non specific payments are allocated to the current year's liability.
How does Walsall Council have its computer software set to deal with non specific payments. Current or oldest year's liability?
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Dear Ms Worth,
Freedom of Information Request RFI1245/17
Further to your request for information about Computer Systems I can tell
you the following:
1. How does Walsall Council have its computer software set to deal with
non specific payments? Current or oldest year's liability?
Please see attached cash posting rules set up for our Council Tax System
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Thank you for providing the cash posting rules for your Council Tax System.
I assume there are at least two settings (optional) which are available on the cash posting rules which are not shown on the attached document (tolerance & final rule – NEW).
Can you please confirm how the parameters have been set regarding the allocation to the OLD/NEW debt (hard allocation) or whether the parameter has been set for soft allocating to the oldest debt (parameter empty).