Northumberland - Council Tax Arrears

Pat James (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Northumberland County Council

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Pat James (Account suspended)

Dear Northumberland County Council, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I require that you provide or direct me to the following information from your Billing Authority Records:

1 the total number of Council Tax defaulters for the financial year 2015/2016 only;

2 the total value of outstanding Council Tax for the financial year 2015/2016 only.

Yours faithfully,

Pat James

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 2117  

Dear Enquirer,

INFORMATION REQUEST

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Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 2117

Date: 1 March 2017

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to Council Tax
in the 2015/16 financial year.

Right of Access

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
information to a public authority is entitled.

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
document or record which contains it.

The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions.

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response: 

1. The total number of Council Tax defaulters for the financial year
2015/2016 only.
As at 22.2.17 there were  5,183 accounts where council taxpayers were in
default for for the 2015/16 financial year. Some defaulters may have more
than one account in their name.
That figure of 5,183 comprises of the following number of accounts at each
of the following stages:
Reminder Notice             506
Second Reminder              67
Final Notice                        16
Summons                          110
Liability Order               4,484 
2. The total value of outstanding Council Tax for the financial year
2015/2016 only.
As at 22.2.17 the total value of Council Tax outstanding from both those
in default and not in default for the financial year 2015/2016 only was
£1,891,730. 

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Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]

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Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator - Revenues, Benefits and Customer Services
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk