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Exercising discretion when applying to the court for a Council Tax Liability Order

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Dear Merthyr Tydfil Council,

The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 (the "Regulations") confer a duty on the billing authority to exercise discretion under regulation 34(1) when deciding whether to institute a complaint to the Magistrates' court to enforce payment.

Regulation 34(1) as amended by Regulation 15 of SI 1992/3008 states, with the relevant part emphasised, as follows:

"If an amount which has fallen due under paragraph (3) or (4) of regulation 23 (including those paragraphs as applied as mentioned in regulation 28A(2)) is wholly or partly unpaid, or (in a case where a final notice is required under regulation 33) the amount stated in the final notice is wholly or partly unpaid at the expiry of the period of 7 days beginning with the day on which the notice was issued, THE BILLING AUTHORITY MAY, in accordance with paragraph (2), apply to a magistrates' court for an order against the person by whom it is payable."

Regulation 34(2) states as follows:

"The application is to be instituted by making complaint to a justice of the peace, and requesting the issue of a summons directed to that person to appear before the court to show why he has not paid the sum which is outstanding."

The following are examples (but by no means exhaustive) of what are reasonable factors a recovery officer should take into account in exercising discretion to institute a complaint to the Magistrates court under paragraph (2) of regulation 34 of the Regulations:

1. the level of debt outstanding

2. any payments made subsequent to the full amount becoming due and time remaining of the financial year

3. are circumstances indicative of the debt being settled without resorting to enforcement

4. consider if enforcing the debt would unnecessarily subject the taxpayer to additional costs etc. and therefore amount to a penalty (see 3 above)

5. ensure monies have been prioritised to maintaining the in-year debt

6. allocate to the in-year any monies posted to arrears (or sufficient of it) that would if it had not been misallocated prevented the in-year liability also falling in arrears (see 5 above)

7. check for benefit claims or appeals already in the system and refrain from taking enforcement action where such genuine cases are unresolved

Q1. Does Merthyr Tydfil Council exercise discretion before proceeding under regulation 34(2) of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 to request a summons from a justice of the peace (it may be an automated process)

Q2. If yes to (1) what factors are taken into consideration

Yours faithfully,

Helen Barker

FOI (Freedom of Information), Merthyr Tydfil Council

Diolch am eich e-bost.

Hoffem eich hysbysu ei fod yn bosibl na fyddwn yn gallu ymateb i’ch cais oddi fewn i’r fframwaith amser statudol. Mae ein staff yn delio gyda materion o flaenoriaeth uchel ar hyn o bryd ac yn hynny o beth efallai na fyddan nhw’n gallu coladu’r wybodaeth sydd ei hangen arnoch.

Bydd aelod o’r Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth ymateb cyn gynted ag sy’n bosibl gyda gwybodaeth bellach.

Diolch am eich amynedd.

Thank you for your email.

We would like to inform you that we might not be able to respond to your request within the statutory timeframe. Our staff are currently dealing with high priority matters and as such may not be able to collate the information you require.

A member of the Information Governance Team will respond to you as soon as possible with further information.

Thank you for your patience.
Croesawn ohebu yn Gymraeg a fydd hyn ddim yn arwain at oedi.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac wedi'u bwriadu ar gyfer pwy bynnag y cyfeirir ef ato neu atynt. Mae cynnwys yr e-bost hwn cynrychioli barn y sawl a enwir uchod, felly nid ydyw'n dilyn ei fod yn cynrychioli barn Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful.

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Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful
Canolfan Dinesig
Stryd Y Castell
Merthyr Tudful
CF47 8AN

Teleffon: 01685 725000

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and this will not lead to a delay.

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. The contents of this e-mail represent the views of the individual(s) named above and do not necessarily represent the views of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Please read our privacy notices<https://www.merthyr.gov.uk/council/data-...> to find out more about how we use your personal information.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Civic Centre
Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AN

Telephone: 01685 725000

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FOI (Freedom of Information), Merthyr Tydfil Council

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

RE:     Freedom Of Information Act 2000 – INFORMATION Request

 

We acknowledge your request for information about Council Tax received by
the Data Disclosure and Records Officer on 14^th April 2020.

 

We are considering your request and you will receive the Councils full
response within the [1]statutory time limit of 20 working days, which in
this instance is no later than 13^th May 2020, unless the information is
exempt or we require additional time to consider whether disclosure is in
the public interest in accordance with [2]Section 2 of the Act.  

 

The [3]Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the
information you have requested. Before we provide the information we will
consider whether it is proper to release it and if any of the exemption
categories do apply then the information may not be released. We will tell
you if this is the case, and you will have a right of appeal. If the
information you request contains reference to a third party then they may
be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release
the information to you. You may have to pay a fee for this information; we
will consider this and let you know. If a fee is applicable the Council
will issue you with a Fees Notice. The 20 working day time limit will not
start until we receive your payment. If you have any queries or concerns,
please contact the Data Disclosure and Records Officer on 01685 725000 or
[4][Merthyr Tydfil Council request email]. You can find out more about the Act from the
Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office (Wales)

2^nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

 

Tel: 0330 414 6421 

Email: [5][email address]

Website: [6]www.ico.org.uk

 

Responses to completed requests for information are published online
within our disclosure log. Our disclosure log is located in the find it
section of our external website ([7]www.merthyr.gov.uk). Please click
[8]HERE to view our disclosure log.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Swyddog Datgelu Data a Chofnodion/Data Disclosure and Records Officer

Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth/Information Governance Team

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil County Borough
Council

 

Canolfan Dinesig/Civic Centre

Stryd Y Castell/Castle Street

Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil

CF47 8AN/CF47 8AN

Ffon/Tel: 01685 725000

E-bost/E-mail: [9][Merthyr Tydfil Council request email]

 

Croesawn ni ohebu yn y Gymraeg/We welcome correspondence in Welsh.

Croesawn ohebu yn Gymraeg a fydd hyn ddim yn arwain at oedi.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol
ac wedi'u bwriadu ar gyfer pwy bynnag y cyfeirir ef ato neu atynt. Mae
cynnwys yr e-bost hwn cynrychioli barn y sawl a enwir uchod, felly nid
ydyw'n dilyn ei fod yn cynrychioli barn Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr
Tudful.

Darllenwch ein [10]hysbysiadau preifatrwydd i ddarganfod mwy am sut rydym
yn defnyddio eich gwybodaeth bersonol.

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful
Canolfan Dinesig
Stryd Y Castell
Merthyr Tudful
CF47 8AN

Teleffon: 01685 725000

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and this will not lead to a delay.

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and
intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are
addressed. The contents of this e-mail represent the views of the
individual(s) named above and do not necessarily represent the views of
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Please read our [11]privacy notices to find out more about how we use your
personal information.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Civic Centre
Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AN

Telephone: 01685 725000

[12]http://www.merthyr.gov.uk

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FOI (Freedom of Information), Merthyr Tydfil Council

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

 

Dear Sirs

RE: Freedom Of Information Act 2000 – INFORMATION Request

Following our acknowledgement email on the 22^nd April 2020 unfortunately
we have been unable to locate the information you have requested within
the specified timescales as indicated in the Act.

 

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Local Authority buildings are
currently closed and not all staff have access to remote working causing
great difficulty in collating the requested information. As a result
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is now requesting that the deadline
be extended until further notice. This will enable us to accurately gather
the information identified in your initial request. We can assure you that
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is doing its utmost to ensure that
you receive the information you have requested as soon as possible. We
thank you for your patience.

 

You can find out more about the Act from the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office (Wales)

2^nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

 

Tel: 0330 414 6421

Email: [1][email address]

Website: [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

We apologise that we could not complete your request within the statutory
period of 20 working days on this occasion. If you have any queries or
concerns, please contact the data Disclosure and Records Officer on 01685
725000.

 

Yours faithfully

Swyddog Datgelu Data a Chofnodion/Data Disclosure and Records Officer

Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth/Information Governance Team

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil County Borough
Council

 

Canolfan Dinesig/Civic Centre

Stryd Y Castell/Castle Street

Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil

CF47 8AN/CF47 8AN

Ffon/Tel: 01685 725000

E-bost/E-mail: [3][Merthyr Tydfil Council request email]

 

Croesawn ni ohebu yn y Gymraeg/We welcome correspondence in Welsh.

Croesawn ohebu yn Gymraeg a fydd hyn ddim yn arwain at oedi.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol
ac wedi'u bwriadu ar gyfer pwy bynnag y cyfeirir ef ato neu atynt. Mae
cynnwys yr e-bost hwn cynrychioli barn y sawl a enwir uchod, felly nid
ydyw'n dilyn ei fod yn cynrychioli barn Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr
Tudful.

Darllenwch ein [4]hysbysiadau preifatrwydd i ddarganfod mwy am sut rydym
yn defnyddio eich gwybodaeth bersonol.

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful
Canolfan Dinesig
Stryd Y Castell
Merthyr Tudful
CF47 8AN

Teleffon: 01685 725000

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and this will not lead to a delay.

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and
intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are
addressed. The contents of this e-mail represent the views of the
individual(s) named above and do not necessarily represent the views of
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Please read our [5]privacy notices to find out more about how we use your
personal information.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Civic Centre
Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AN

Telephone: 01685 725000

[6]http://www.merthyr.gov.uk

References

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2. http://www.ico.org.uk/
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4. https://www.merthyr.gov.uk/council/data-...
5. https://www.merthyr.gov.uk/council/data-...
6. http://www.merthyr.gov.uk/

Dear FOI (Freedom of Information),

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Merthyr Tydfil Council should have responded by now

Yours sincerely,

Helen Barker

FOI (Freedom of Information), Merthyr Tydfil Council

Good Morning

I have contacted the relevant department to ask for this data. We apologise for the delay. I look forward to getting this data to you as promptly as possible.

Many Thanks

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