Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Debt Write Off Scandal

At a meeting of senior NWLDC Tories earlier today Portfolio Holder for Resources, Nick Rushton, submitted his periodic report to write off debts owing to the council.

However in amongst the usual writing off of Council Tax and Business Rates debts (for entirely justifiable reasons) a little secret was hidden.

In a section of the report entitled 'Sundry Debtors' it has been revealed that  debts totalling £39,760.96 has had to cancelled BECAUSE THE COUNCIL HAS RUN OUT OF TIME TO COLLECT IT!

This colossal amount has been remitted because it is 'statute barred', in other words in the normal course of events it has already been owing for more than 6 years.

What's more the entire debt has been caused as a direct result of the Council OVERPAYING HOUSING BENEFIT!

Now Council's are never going to be able to completely stop paying too much benefit, there are many reasons why this happens, but it is outrageous that debts are allowed to go on uncollected for so long.

At their regular meeting Councillor Rushton always likes to make great play of the fact that if circumstances are appropriate a balance can once again start to be recovered. Of course the fact that this amount is 'statute barred' specifically means that this is not the case.

The Conservative administration at North West Leicestershire love to point out their economic management skills.

The simple fact is that whilst they are going full steam ahead in cutting front line services, such as valued Street Enforcement Managers, they are allowing massive debts to go uncollected.

I would say in actual fact that far from being prudent economic managers they are a party of financial irresponsibility.

3 comments:

  1. councillor Russell JohnsonWednesday, March 06, 2013

    well said councillor

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  2. LEON - PROBABLY OUT OF TURN TO SAY THIS BUT THE POST YOU ARE REFERRING TO WAS IN MY SECTION - STREET SCENE AND VACATED WHEN I WAS THERE AS THE POSTHOLDER WAS SUCCESSFUL IN SECURING ANOTHER POST IN HOUSING - NOW BEARING IN MIND I LEFT IN FEBRUARY 2011 THAT MEANS THE POST HAS BEEN VACANT FOR OVER 2 YEARS - SO HARDLY A CUT IN SERVICE!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Lindsay.

      The fact that the post has been empty so long when there has been budget available is possibly even a bigger indictment.

      I've been out canvassing this morning and the biggest issue raised out on the doorstep by far is the state of the streets through dog waste and litter.

      There hasn't been a justification for keeping the post empty and there isn't justification for deleting it now.

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