Coun­cil plansto write­off £1.2m

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE -

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil looks set to write off po­ten­tial rev­enue of over £1.2 mil­lion.

Coun­cil­lors on a fi­nance and cor­po­rate re­sources com­mit­tee will to­day ap­prove scrap­ping at­tempts to col­lect var­i­ous debts owed to the lo­cal author­ity.

The move will come just a week after it was con­firmed the cash-strapped coun­cil is fac­ing mil­lions of pounds in cuts to ser­vices.

Nearly £550,000 of the amount is down to non­do­mes­tic rates that can no longer be col­lected.

This is due to the debtor be­ing in liq­ui­da­tion, has ceased trad­ing or has been se­questered.

A fur­ther £358,474 comes from coun­cil tax write-offs, usu­ally where the debtor is de­ceased, se­questered or in liq­ui­da­tion.

Sundry debt ac­counts for £266,000 and hous­ing rent and as­so­ci­ated charges over £61,000.

The re­main­der comes from the Hamil­ton Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District levies.

How­ever, the coun­cil is on tar­get to meet coun­cil tax and non-do­mes­tic rate pay­ment tar­gets for 2017/18. Sundry debt col­lec­tion is slightly be­hind tar­get.

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