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RES 3678 - Recovery Action: Council Tax and Business Rates (Table 7, paragraphs 1 and 22 of the Council’s Constitution) (Part A)

Service: Resources

Ref no.: RES 3678

Decision Maker: Interim Corporate Director of Resources

Decision status: Recommendations Approved


Delegated decision as per the constitution for the Corporate Director of Resources to

approve the following actions:

a) Recommence recovery actions up to summons stage in February

2021 for the 2020/21 financial year and previous years.

b) Extend payment arrangements for Council Tax and Business Rates

into 2022/23;

c) Allow Enforcement Agents to recommence telephone engagement

with resident and businesses but not enforcement actions in February

and March 2021;

d) That a further report to be brought back to CMT in June to review the

position in terms of the next steps of enforcement action and to

consider the position in respect of Enforcement Agent compliance and

the visits stages of the enforcement process

e) That a further report on the “Breathing Space Scheme” to be brought

back to a future Management Team meeting for consideration of the

implications on debt recovery for the Council and the actions that need

to be put into place to comply with the new regulations.

f) That a full review of debt which is about to become statute barred from

the 2015/16 financial year and prior years, continues to be

undertaken, with a view to writing-off that debt (current estimates

indicate this could be up to £2.8M) before this years’ annual billing


Publication date: 12/02/2021

Date of decision: 12/02/2021

Accompanying Documents:


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Durham County Council
County Hall
County Durham
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