High Cost/Bulk Council Tax Liability Orders Impossible to Defend?

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Dear Billing Authority

Complaints to Magistrates for Council Tax (CT) Liability Orders.

Going as far back as is reasonable (eg 5 years), up to the most recent data available, Please could you provide me with a table of information under the following headings:-

1. Date Of hearing
2. Number of CT Accounts Listed on a Complaint
3. Total Court fee paid
4. length of hearing - defended/undefended
5. Number of CT accounts Liability Order made against
6. Total costs awarded to Billing authority
7. Actual cost of preparing for and attending the hearing.
8. Number of Accounts in name of a Limited Company?

Yours faithfully,

Lady Fleming

InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Lady Fleming,

Request for Information RFI0214/19

Thank you for your request for information about Council Tax Liability Orders, which was received on 05 February 2019.

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Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation
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InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Lady Fleming,

Further to your request for information about Council Tax Liability
Orders, the reference number for your request is RFI0214/19

Please accept my sincerest apologises for the delay in responding to your
request.

Please see the attached spreadsheet

Going as far back as is reasonable (eg 5 years), up to the most recent
data available, Please could you provide me with a table of information
under the following headings:-

1.  Date Of hearing see attached
2. Number of CT Accounts Listed on a Complaint see attached
3. Total Court fee paid see attached
4. length of hearing - defended/undefended not recorded

5. Number of CT accounts Liability Order made against see attached
6. Total costs awarded to Billing authority  see attached
7. Actual cost of preparing for and attending the hearing. £67.20
8. Number of Accounts in name of a Limited Company? n/k

 

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