Council’s £1m debt write-off
Cash-strapped South Lanarkshire Council is set to write off more than £1 million in unpaid debts.
Councillors at a finance committee will today rubber stamp the move.
The debts relate to housing rent, sundry debt and levies related to the Hamilton business improvement district.
Local authorities have a statutory duty to write off accounts where the debtor is deceased, sequestered, in liquidation or if the debt is prescribed.
Sundry debt accounts for £710,653.76 of the total. Housing charges amounts to £354,634.02. Of this, £317,210.22 relates to former council tenant rent arrears, £12,770.31 to factoring arrears and £24,653.49 in overpaid housing benefits.
However, the council is ahead of target in collecting council tax and non-domestic rates arrears during the current financial year.
On June 30, the authority had collected over £1.3m in council tax arrears and £2.38m in non-domestic rates arrears.
Sundry debt collection sat at just under £5.8m – just short of target.