FOI Request - Council Tax Summary Warrants Issued

Request 101000374108

Please could I request the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000.

1.       Please could you advise on the total number of Summary Warrants issued for the following years:
a.       2012/13
b.      2014/15
c.       Current Year-to-Date

2.       Please could you advise on who you use to collect your outstanding arrears, for example: Scott & Co. Please list all Sheriff Officer firms along with any other debt collection partners you may work with.

3.       Please could you advise on who your current debt advice partners are, for example who do you refer clients who are in wider financial difficulty to? Please list all agencies.

4.       Could you please advise me on the total amount of outstanding Council Tax covering all years that you are still actively trying to recover

5.       Lastly, could you please advise me on what the average amount owed is for those in arrears with Council Tax.

Response 21-09-2015

1a. 2379

b. None

c. None

2. Moray Council appointed Scott & Co., Edinburgh, as its sole provider of Sheriff Officer services on 1 April 2015.  Scott & Co are responsible for the enforcement of all Council Tax debts for which a Summary Warrant is obtained by the council.

3. The council has its own Money Advice team within the Trading Standards Section and any referrals that we make are made to that team.

4. I have appended the sums which are due for all previous years.  We have excluded the current year as the majority of accounts for these years are not subject to recovery action.  These balances as at 30 June 2015 as this is the last date on which these balances were calculated for publication.

1993-94 - £159,341
1994-95 - £218,804
1995-96 - £249,308
1996-97 - £264,901
1997-98 - £323,245
1998-99 - £322,635
1999-2000 - £340,343
2000-01 - £359,609
2001-02 - £436,908
2002-03 - £486,563
2003-04 - £429,906
2004-05 - £434,477
2005-06 - £466,688
2006-07 - £467,633
2007-08 - £527,357
2008-09 - £573,371
2009-10 - £512,851
2010-11 - £572,485
2011-12 - £627,502
2012-13 - £970,970
2013-14 - £1,338,185
2014-15 - £2,136,555

5. This information is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; information not held.  We do not make that calculation.

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