Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Tax - Bankruptcy instead of enforcing Charging Orders

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Tax - Bankruptcy instead of enforcing Charging Orders

Under the Freedom of Information Act I wish to be provided with the following records.

(1) How many charging orders for non-payment of council tax have the council been granted and by which court, please include the date of the Interim Charging Order and Final Charging Order.

(2) For the above, the dates that both the Interim and Final Charging Orders were registered at the Land Registry.

(3) How many Charging Orders have been enforced by the council, please include the date.

(4) How many have not been enforced and instead the council has applied for bankruptcy, please include the date of the petition and bankruptcy order and the name of the court.

(5) Please provide the name of all in-house solicitors and external solicitors firms instructed to obtain charging orders on behalf of the council.

(6) Please provide the same as (5)for bankruptcy.

(7) Please give the reason the draconian method of bankruptcy has been used in place of enforcing charging orders and how many petitions were filed before the increase on 1 October 2015 of the £750 bankruptcy threshold and how many after the increase.

(8) Please confirm how many customers paid to reduce this amount to below the old threshold of £750 that was increased to £5000 on 1 October, please include the date, amount and method of payment.

(9) Please confirm how many customers who paid using your automated payment system had their letter sent after payment ignored by the council revenues staff.

(10) Please provide the title and names of the council revenues team and confirm if any of them have also given a reference to any of the council's external solicitors firms who they have farmed out the charging order and bankruptcy work to, and what previous connections they may have or had (if any).

Yours faithfully,

Deb Williams

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Williams

 

Further to your recent Freedom of Information request, we would ask that
you provide clarification on the following queries:

 

(3) How many Charging Orders have been enforced by the council, please
include the date.

Please clarify what is meant by “enforced”

 

(4) How many have not been enforced and instead the council has applied
for bankruptcy, please include the date of the petition and bankruptcy
order and the name of the court.

Please clarify what is meant by “enforced”.

 

(8) Please confirm how many customers paid to reduce this amount to below
the old threshold of £750 that was increased to £5000 on 1 October, please
include the date, amount and method of payment.

Please re-phrase/clarify this question as it is unclear what information
you are seeking.

 

(9) Please confirm how many customers who paid using your automated
payment system had their letter sent after payment ignored by the council
revenues staff.

Please clarify this question.

 

Once we are in receipt of clear responses, we will continue to progress
your request.  Please note that until clarification is received, we are
unable to take any further action and your request will be placed on hold.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Wallasey Town Hall

Brighton Street
Wallasey
Wirral
CH44 8ED 

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