Haringey Council writes off almost £19million of uncollected council tax debt

Haringey Independent: Liberal Democrat group leader Richard Wilson accused Labour of not treating council tax as a priority Liberal Democrat group leader Richard Wilson accused Labour of not treating council tax as a priority

Haringey Council has written off almost £19million of uncollected council tax debt since 2009, recently revealed figures show.

The authority wiped the outstanding cash from its books after accepting the debts, some of which dated back to 1993, were irretrievable.

Figures uncovered by the opposition Liberal Democrat group show that debts of £1.1miliion and £2million were written off in financial years 2009/10 and 2010/11 respectively.

But major data cleansing in 2011 revealed that much larger debts dating back more than 20 years remained unaccounted for.

The authority subsequently decided to write off £6.3million in 2011/12 and a further £9.2million in 2012/13.

A council spokesman said the decision was taken at a corporate level that such historic debts were unlikely to be retrieved.

Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor Richard Wilson accused Labour of not treating council tax as a priority, whilst the Labour group said the issue was non-political.

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4:08pm Sun 4 May 14

Terry365 says...

' ... the Labour group said the issue was non-political.'

It's totally political. Labour's elective dictatorship lets off those who vote for it and pursues those who don't. Corrupt politics from corrupt politicians in the ''rotten borough'' of Haringey.

At least there's no whiff of corruption around Labour's Lady Mayor, is there? Oh, hang on ...
' ... the Labour group said the issue was non-political.' It's totally political. Labour's elective dictatorship lets off those who vote for it and pursues those who don't. Corrupt politics from corrupt politicians in the ''rotten borough'' of Haringey. At least there's no whiff of corruption around Labour's Lady Mayor, is there? Oh, hang on ... Terry365
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9:51am Mon 5 May 14

ZenithB says...

The best way to recoup some or all of that money (whether or not the residents concerned genuinely couldn't pay) is to deduct it from the salaries of overpaid council officers and others in that category. Aren't we supposed to be all in it together? It would at least guarantee that council tax isn't raised sooner or later to serve the same purpose..There must be someone already contemplating it, for they can never think of any other source.
The best way to recoup some or all of that money (whether or not the residents concerned genuinely couldn't pay) is to deduct it from the salaries of overpaid council officers and others in that category. Aren't we supposed to be all in it together? It would at least guarantee that council tax isn't raised sooner or later to serve the same purpose..There must be someone already contemplating it, for they can never think of any other source. ZenithB
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