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I think this could possibly be a case of history repeating itself. It wasn't that long ago that the local authorities wanted to move away from having internal bailiffs with a preference for the use of private firms. You can get a good idea of the mentality of those implementing enforcement rules from this old 1992 document from Prescott's office.

http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/ctax/goodprac.pdf

 

Council Tax Collection Good Practice

Prepared by the Operational Research Unit for the Local Government Finance division of ODPM

10. Bailiffs

 

10.2. Internal bailiff benefits and considerations

 

10.2.3. Internal bailiffs have salaries paid by the council (and charge the resident an extra admin fee), whereas external bailiffs take their fee directly from the admin fee charged to the resident, so it does not get recorded on the authority’s books. This means that some authorities could want to get rid of internal bailiffs (even if they have performed well) if the authority’s budget for Council Tax collection and recovery is cut, as an external bailiff’s fee is ‘hidden’ from the council.

 

10.2.4. Authorities can be worried about what could go wrong. If the bailiff is internal it could reflect badly on the council if something goes wrong (such as a resident complaining for having goods taken when they should not have been), whereas the council can pass the blame if they use an external company.

 

Though what is consistent are their views on encouraging council tax benefit claims, i.e. it effectively improves their collection rates by eliminating a percentage of resident that are included in the figures.

9.2. Benefits

 

9.2.4. Giving benefits to those that need them has been described as a double bonus. It means residents that might have struggled to pay no longer have to, and the council does not have to collect money from someone that would find it difficult to pay. For this reason it is good to encourage takeup of benefits.

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Having councils own bailiffs to do the work of an outside company where does this fit in if the council tax dept is contracted to an outside company like for say Capita.

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I liked this bit:

 

The city council is applying for three staff to be given certificates as part of an experiment to see whether they can do a better and more efficient job than private companies.

 

You could train three ring-tailed lemurs to do a better job than the private companies! :)

 

Interesting conundrum, PF.

 

Best wishes

Rae

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I liked this bit:

 

 

 

You could train three ring-tailed lemurs to do a better job than the private companies! :)

 

Interesting conundrum, PF.

 

Best wishes

Rae

you said it Rae:grin:

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