Council Writes Off More Irrecoverable Debts

town hall 11The Council has written off £94,000 of debts. The amount of money owed is revealed in the minutes of the October Policy and Resources Committee, which deals with Town Hall finances.

Senior Manager for Finance, Laura Roberts, told councillors that the money, made up of council tax and business rates, was considered irrecoverable and there were no avenues left to pursue the debts.

She said “a more robust framework” was being put in place to avoid the situation from happening again in the future.

In the July meeting, councillors wrote off £13,000 of debts owed to the authority.

Council Chairman Amanda Martin is recorded as being “bitterly disappointed” by the work undertaken by previous chief officers, which she says resulted in such an unsatisfactory situation.

But a number of islanders have been summonsed to appear before magistrates for failure to pay council tax and business rates over the past two years. Back in July 2013, £28,000 out of a total of £44,000 owed to the authority was recovered when the Town Hall brought in mainland bailiffs.

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