Coun­cil to write off debts

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Cash-strapped South La­nark­shire Coun­cil is set to write off more than £1 mil­lion in un­paid debts.

Coun­cil­lors on a fi­nance com­mit­tee will to­day, Wed­nes­day, rub­ber­stamp 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.

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