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Freedom of information request response - 05247

FOI request

FOI ID number
05247
Regarding
Council tax summonses and liability orders
Request

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

1. How many court summonses did you issue or were issued on your authority's behalf for late or non-payment of Council Tax in:

a) 2016/17
b 2017/18

Please break this data down by the wards of the addresses to which the summonses were sent.

2. How many council tax liability orders were issued in your authority as a result of the summonses issued in Q1 during:

a) 2016/17
b 2017/18

Please break this data down by the wards of the addresses to which the liability orders were applied.

Please specify for Q2 precisely which powers the courts gave to you (e.g. salary deductions, benefits deductions etc.) if possible. Such a table might look like this:

Power / times granted in 2016/17 / times granted in 2017/18
benefits deductions / 5,000 / 7,000
bankruptcy applications / 20 / 30

I would prefer this data to be supplied in soft copy spreadsheet (.xls) format. If you require any clarification of any part of this request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Our response

Response
  2016-17 2017-18
Summonses 2,435 1,395
Liability Orders 870 567

We do not hold the information at ward level as wards are not relevant to Council Tax.

The Liability Order gives the Council the authority to use all or any of the remedies available without having to seek further permission from the Court. The only exception is Committal to Prison which requires a further summons but we did not take this course of action in either of the years requested.

Response date
27 April 2018