Council One Of Only Three In Country Not To Use Bailiffs Last Year
The data, reported by the Money Advice Trust, was obtained through a freedom of information request to all 326 local authorities in England and Wales.
The Trust, which operates a helpline offering support for people who are in debt, says the use of bailiffs rose by 16% across the country as a whole last year.
During 2013, the last year that the Council obtained court orders and brought in bailiffs to recover debt, the total owed in Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates was £52,000.
And in the Policy and Resources Committee meeting in June 2014, Council Chairman Amanda Martin expressed her “extreme dissatisfaction” with regard to the work undertaken previously in recovering money that was owed.
Only four months later, councillors wrote off a further £94,000 after Senior Finance Officer Laura Roberts told them it was considered irrecoverable and there were no avenues left to pursue the debts.
Laura said “a more robust framework” was being put in place to avoid the situation from happening again in the future.
But the most recent accounts show that debt had spiralled to £134,000 by the end of March this year.