The total council tax owed in England has risen by 6.6% in the past year. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government figures show that in 2017-18 local authorities collected a total of £28.0 billion in council tax, irrespective of the year to which it related. This was an increase of £1.4 billion, or…

Public sector outsourcing spend has increased sharply in the first six months of 2018 despite a backdrop of Brexit uncertainty, according to the Arvato UK Outsourcing Index. Overall, £2.61 billion of outsourcing deals were signed between January and June, of which £998 million were government contracts. The total value of public sector spending was up 39…

Public sector debt collection should not be lagging behind private sector best practice, H&F Ethical Collections said today. H&F Ethical Collections is the joint venture between global credit management firm Intrum and Hammersmith & Fulham Council which was formed in 2017 to reduce the use of bailiffs and improve the treatment of people in debt.…

A new report by The Treasury Select Committee says debts and overpayments are often pursued “over-zealously and uncompromisingly” by councils. In its report, it calls for public sector bodies to change the way they recoup debts. A summary overview of the report says that people become over-indebted not just through conventional credit, but through arrears on…

Almost nine in 10 local authorities are not monitoring their supply chain and therefore ensuring getting paid within 30-days, breaching Whitehall regulations to ensure prompt payment. The research has revealed the minimal effort that local authorities have focused on prompt payment. The research by construction trade body, the Electrical Contractors Association and Building Services Association (BESA), obtained…

The National Housing Federation, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Community Housing Cymru and the Northern Irish Federation of Housing Associations, are joining together to warn that the Universal Credit system is “flawed” and causing debt, suffering and hardship for the families they house. Together these organisations represent more than 1,000 housing associations housing over…

Local authorities could save thousands of pounds by using digital debt recovery instead of resorting to traditional solutions like bailiffs according to new research by Essendex. Figures show that around £2.8bn of outstanding council tax was owed to local authorities in England as of March 2017 – with many councils struggling to claw back the money.…

A new report from Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is highlighting the powerlessness of those facing multiple debt collections from local councils and the state. While the practices of private companies have become more customer-focused, a study shows the depths of suffering from people chased for debts like council tax and benefit overpayments. Now the charity wants…

New figures show that Bath and North East Somerset council authority is owed nearly £5 million in unpaid council tax, The figure includes £2.1 million of arrears relating to 2017/18 that were still outstanding at the end of the financial year. Bath and North East Somerset Council said this debt is still being recovered and…

Liverpool City Council is owed almost £100m in unpaid council tax, according to the latest government data. The data showed that Liverpool City Council was owed £99.9m of historic unpaid council tax as of the end of March. The City council owed £100m in unpaid tax The data comes from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and…

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