Councils across the Black Country and Staffordshire called in bailiffs to collect more than £21 million in debts over the past two and a half years, new figures have revealed. From 2015 six local authorities used debt collectors on 161,471 occasions, with council tax arrears accounting for around 65 percent of cases. The association that…

It is estimated that there could be over £25 million worth of fraud being perpetuated by businesses falsely claiming Small Business Rates Relief across England, according to data analytics specialist Destin Solutions. Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) is provided to a number of businesses across England on the basis that they either only use one property…

Debt advice experts are calling for enhanced training for legal advisers and court staff following last week’s announcement by the High Court that up to 17 people in England and Wales were unlawfully sent to prison in 2017 for council tax arrears. While the court failed to declare this a ‘systematic failing’, it was acknowledged…

The Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA) has appointed Russell Hamblin-Boone to a new position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr Hamblin-Boone will give a new voice and direction to CIVEA and its members at a time when the industry is facing a review of regulations and needs strong representation in policy debates. Hamblin-Boone was previously Chief Executive…

English and Welsh councils are believed to have used Enforcement Agents on nearly 41,000 firms that struggled to pay higher business rates following the Government’s controversial revaluation last year. The estimate was the result of an investigation by ratings adviser Altus Group, which said tens of thousands of businesses that failed to pay higher business…

Universal Credit has already left more than 100 council tenants across Nuneaton and Bedworth owing almost £120,000 in rent. According to borough council figures,  there were 156 Local Authority (LA) tenants claiming Universal Credit (UC) and, of these, 126 were in arrears with their rent. The total amount of money owed was £118,000 and 60 per cent…

Almost £5 million in council tax went uncollected across Wolverhampton last year while a further £1.5 million in business rates was also unpaid. Councillor Wendy Thompson, Conservative leader on the Labour-controlled Wolverhampton council, said: “I find this absolutely shocking. It is a huge amount of money – and just think of what could have been…

Millions of pounds are owed to Dundee City Council by tenants in rent arrears according to a new report by the Evening Telegraph. Figures provided to the Telegraph show that more than £2 million of debt has been accrued by council tenants in the city who have defaulted on their payments to the local authority.…

Plans to protect people from unresolved debts which can damage credit ratings without them knowing have been outlined by the Government. It has launched a consultation on how County Court Judgments (CCJs) are issued after concerns were raised that some rogue companies were deliberately sending claims to consumers using incorrect addresses. Credit ratings can be…

The UK Government has announced that it has completed its first sale of the English student loan book. The sale raised £1.7 billion with a face value of £3.54 billion The sale included loans issued by English Local Authorities under the previous (pre-2012) system, specifically those that entered repayment between 2002 and 2006. The loan…

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