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

FOI Requests, Ashford Borough Council

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Dear Lady Fleming,

Thank you for your recent Freedom of information request with regards to
council tax liability orders.

Unfortunately our finance team are experiencing an exceptional period of
heavy workload with the generation of annual council tax bills and staff
absence.

We will endeavour to get our response to you as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team

 

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Dear Lady Fleming Following our email of 5 March 2019, please accept my
apologies regarding the delay in responding. Please find below information
requested: Summons Sent Liability Orders Granted Apr-14 278 160 May-14 178
163 May-14 677 Jun-14 469 881 Jul-14 448 309 Aug-14 355 281 Sep-14 371
Oct-14 254 Nov-14 561 428 Dec-14 407 313 Jan-15 481 307 Feb-15 439 306
Feb-15 1153 697 Mar-15 299 193 May-15 352 306 Jun-15 1291 1169 Jul-15 301
268 Aug-15 412 359 Sep-15 424 331 Oct-15 347 Nov-15 351 539 Jan-16 303
Feb-16 365 243 Feb-16 465 Feb-16 1213 1372 Mar-16 289 194 Apr-16 354 219
May-16 1084 879 Jun-16 8 6 Jul-16 701 602 Aug-16 393 319 Sep-16 365 311
Oct-16 407 337 Nov-16 393 317 Jan-17 724 531 Feb-17 478 305 Mar-17 989
Mar-17 398 900 Apr-17 281 190 Jun-17 968 860 Jul-17 585 545 Aug-17 624 549
Sep-17 396 354 Oct-17 323 277 Nov-17 495 418 Jan-18 635 480 Feb-18 395 286
Mar-18 850 781 Mar-18 293 192 Apr-18 296 201 Jun-18 1257 Jul-18 435 1107
Aug-18 338 393 Sep-18 453 294 Oct-18 566 369 Nov-18 369 468 Dec-18 412 311
Jan-19 475 303 Jan-19 880 Feb-19 333 337 Mar-19 392 782 Legislation
relating to Magistrates Court fees was laid before parliament
www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/812/pdf... and
expenditure information to HM Court and Tribunal Service is available
online at https://www.ashford.gov.uk/transparency/... We do not
hold information for “length of hearing defended/undefended” and we also
do not hold actual cost information for preparing and attending each
hearing. If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you
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response to your original letter and should be addressed to: Tom Swain,
Governance and Data Protection Officer, Ashford Borough Council, Civic
Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PL If you are not content with
the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly
to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Please remember
to quote the reference number FOI-6877 in any future communications.

 

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