Rossendale Free Press

Councillor­s asked to write off £88k debt

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THE pandemic’s impact on businesses and in council debt collection work has increased the amount of irrecovera­ble, unpaid business rates and council tax, Rossendale council’s cabinet were due to be told on Wednesday night.

Councillor­s were to be asked to approve the writing-off of more than £88,000 in business rates, at a direct cost of £35,000 to the borough council.

The cabinet is also being asked to approve writing-off more than £12,000 in unpaid council tax, at the direct cost of £1,700 to the borough council and more than £39,000 in housing benefit overpaymen­ts, at no direct cost to the authority, which says it has reserves to cope.

Businesses listed as owing more than £5,000 in business rates are

Mercer House 1842, which was based at Bacup Leisure Hall and owed £7,000, Verdeolyv at

White House, Holcombe Road, owed more than £10,000. R Soper Ltd at Grane Road Mill, Haslingden, owed more than £29,000.

Rossendale United Holdings, based at Rossendale Supporters Club, Dark Lane, owed more than £6,000 and Rossendale Inns Ltd, based at the Jolly Sailor, Booth Road, owed more than £20,700.

Reasons for non-payment include companies being dissolved, going into administra­tion, or being simply listed as “irrecovera­ble” in the report. Two unnamed council tax debtors are listed in Edenfield and Waterfoot where each owed around £6,000, according the report.

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