Council One Of Only Three In Country Not To Use Bailiffs Last Year

town hall windows signScilly’s Council has been named as one of only three in the country that didn’t use bailiffs to recover outstanding debts 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.



8 Responses to Council One Of Only Three In Country Not To Use Bailiffs Last Year

  1. pete September 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    The second in command is a sharp to the point independent. That’s middle of the road. But recently he as been seen wandering to the left and right asking questions to try and find a solution to this bus iness. I should imagine he is feeling pretty tyred by now.

    • Linguine September 5, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Tyred or not he should not let his recent bus-t up with the police cause a deviation from the road to the left or right. It would be all too easy to follow the wrong path (or pavement) and he no longer has the ability to hedge his bets. It would be better if he quit the helm seat and spent some time in the wilderness before submitting himself for proper training to determine if the drivers seat is an appropriate and sensible place for his and our best interests in the future.

      All tortured joking apart neither the Linguist nor Deputy Dawg can bridge the credibility gap that sadly they have now both been instrumental in forming, our council has become a laughing stock which does not bode well for the future of the Islands.

  2. pete September 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Hope he can wiper screen and light up the road Linguine. So he can see where the problem lies. But I cannot see any indicator of this happening.

    • Linguine September 4, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      It beggars the question does the Council as a corporate bodywork or are there too many protrusions waiting to catch the unsuspecting chargepayer with a sharp glancing blow?
      None of the indicators for improvement are visible and I would not be surprised if a total electoral failure is looming.

  3. pete September 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Linguine. Ah, but could the second in command apply the brakes in time, to stop the over spending.

    • Linguine September 3, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      A considered observation Pete.
      You are quite right of course because all the time the system is being copiously bled pumping the pedal won’t work, never mind there is always the emergency exit option…..oh darn it I forgot!

  4. Linguine September 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

    The Linguist has done it again, opened her mouth too far too soon. She was quick to blame her predecessors but the condition has deteriorated on her watch! 134,000(one HUNDRED & THIRTY FOUR THOUSAND POUNDS for the Linguist) she should be tearing her hair out looking for answers instead she seems uncharacteristically quiet these days. I suppose it is all relative as the amount pales into insignificance when compared to the overspends she has also allowed to occour, she couldn’t run a whelk stall! Hand over to your second in command we know he can be trusted to steady the wheel!

  5. Mr Micawber September 2, 2015 at 7:43 am

    The Linguist expressed her extreme dissatisfaction yet on her watch debts have increased and have been written off with seemingly no effort made to improve the situation.
    She should reflect upon her previous statement, even allow it to haunt her, for there are now many within this community who are also extremely dissatisfied with the ineptitude we see within the walls of the Town Hall, the management of debt being but one example.