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West Suffolk Council poised to write off £300,000 in unpaid business rates and Council Tax




Nearly £300,000 in business rates and £12,000 in Council Tax could be written off by West Suffolk Council next week.

Cabinet will consider the recommendations, in the revenues collection performance and write-offs report, at its meeting on Tuesday.

The report is asking for £11,778 of unpaid Council Tax and £289,654 of unpaid business rates to be written off.

West Suffolk House....PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (26173006)
West Suffolk House....PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (26173006)

The report, by Rachel Mann, assistant director (resources and performance), says: "It is best practice to monitor the recovery procedures for outstanding debts regularly and, when appropriate, write off irrecoverable debts."

As of November 30, the percentage of debt written off during 2019/20 for all previous years is 2.13 per cent. The percentage of write-offs during 2019/20 for 2019/20 is 0.2 per cent.

Meanwhile, the business rates collection rate at November 30 was 73.49 per cent – against a target of 73.68 per cent –and the Council Tax collection rate was 74.65 per cent, against a target of 75.34 per cent.

West Suffolk Council uses Anglia Revenues Partnership to collect rates and Council Tax. If a written off debt later becomes recoverable, it is written back on and enforcement procedures re-established.


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