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Undefended/Bulk Liability Orders = Extortionate Costs

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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.

Yours faithfully,

Lady Fleming

Etherton, Tom, Eastleigh Borough Council

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Dear Lady Fleming,

Thank you again for your Freedom of Information request.

I can confirm that Eastleigh Borough Council does hold the information requested.

1. Date Of hearing - see spreadsheet attached
2. Number of CT Accounts Listed on a Complaint - see spreadsheet attached
3. Total Court fee paid - no record kept
4. length of hearing defended/undefended - no records kept)
5. Number of CT accounts Liability Order made against - see Spreadsheet attached
6. Total costs awarded to Billing authority - see spreadsheet attached
7. Actual cost of preparing for and attending the hearing -no records kept

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Yours sincerely,

Tom

Tom Etherton
Legal Assistant
Support Services - Legal Services
Eastleigh Borough Council | Eastleigh House | Upper Market Street | Eastleigh | SO50 9YN
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Original Message-----
From: Lady Fleming [mailto:[FOI #550355 email]]
Sent: 05 February 2019 19:06
To: Freedom of Infomation
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Undefended/Bulk Liability Orders = Extortionate Costs

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.

Yours faithfully,

Lady Fleming

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