Dear Cambridgeshire County Council,
In the Local Government Act 1888 it specifically states the
79 Incorporation of county council.
(2)All duties and liabilities of the inhabitants of a county shall
become and be duties and liabilities of the council of such county.
Can you confirm that you operate under the Local Government Act 1888 as required by law.
Since you are therefore liable for the inhabitants liabilities, does this not mean that you are also liable for the inhabitants council tax. Not withstanding other liabilities which inhabitants of said council possess
Dear Mr Hopkins
Re: Freedom of Information Request ref 2683
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Dear Jenner Clare,
My Freedom of Information Request did not ask if Cambridgeshire County Council holds information relating to the 1888 Act Section 79. 2
Since this is clearly held on a government database and is clearly visible by following the link below http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Vict...
The question I am asking is since this section of this this Act has not been repealed it obviously applies to you, and as such you are liable are you not?
Please read the Act in the link provided above.
Assuming that an Act only applies to someone or some entity so long as they have this Act in their possession, or whether or not they hold information relating to the Act is an assumption we would all like to make.
Can you clarify that since I do not hold information on my person relating to council tax enforcement that Act does not apply to me?
Please can you clarify for the record that Acts of parliament only apply, if the person or entity holds information on the Act.
Hello Mr Hopkins,
Cambridgeshire County Council operates within the law and as required by
law. I understood the question to be whether the 1888 Act states that
the County Council is liable to pay Council Tax on behalf of our
residents. This appears to be a matter of interpretation of the Act and
the original intended meaning of "duties and liabilities".
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was designed for people to access
recorded information; we do not hold any recorded information that can
answer this question.
I suggest that Freedom of Information is not the right vehicle for your
question, although I do not know what the right vehicle may be as I have
not encountered this type of enquiry before. I feel you would be happier
to have an in-depth discussion so contacting your MP may be an option,
or perhaps a solicitor with specialist knowledge of this field.