Harlow Council finance sets record straight on £750k debt write off

News / Tue 16th Jan 2024 at 09:37am

THE HARLOW councillor in charge of finance has explained in details how close to £750,000 has been written off.

Councillor James Leppard spoke at the Monday night meeting of the Conservative-run council cabinet.

He explained that the debt covered a three-year period from March 2020 to late 2023.

Usually, it is reported on annually but the three year report was a consequence of Covid and all that entails.

Labour members had a number of questions for Cllr Leppard.

The full discussion is below.

The Harlow Council webcast version is here.

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6 Comments for Harlow Council finance sets record straight on £750k debt write off:

2024-01-16 10:47:23

Great idea, might try this myself... just to set the record straight.

David Forman
2024-01-16 11:11:00

To set record straight: from March 2020 to May 2021 there was a Labour administration in charge of Harlow Council. During lockdowns this Labour council were the only one in Essex that failed to cut the grass.

2024-01-16 13:31:18

So during Covid, efforts were focused on handing out grants - That is fair as they were exceptional times - We approached the council a few times to see if we could have a business handout, but it always seemed that they hadn't quite got their act together or we were too late - Seemed that it wasn't as clear and overt as it might be. Anyway, now that Central Government has been tarnished by the sleaze around Baroness Michelle Mone, PPE, Boris Johnson, Freeports etc. etc. etc. It would be great if Harlow Council, in the interest of transparent and open government, could make readily available a list of all the Covid Business Grants that they gave out and alongside that, it would be good to see all the businesses that haven't paid their Business Rates - After all, it is us who are going to have to make up the shortfall one way or another.

2024-01-16 15:05:07

Did you know it’s actually not a criminal offence to not pay your council tax ? I might actually try this myself , since I go without things I need, to pay this fee which lines pockets of greedy fat cats who eat better than myself .

2024-01-16 17:11:27

Sallyk, is this a true fact sal, I might withhold mine??

2024-01-16 17:57:05

Yes it is. People also ask Is it illegal not to pay your council tax? If you fail to pay your council tax for any reason, there can be serious consequences. While it isn't a criminal offence not to pay your bill, you may face penalties or further costs from your local government, and you may also damage your credit score if you have difficulty paying.9 Aug 2022 https://www.creditfix.co.uk › blog What Happens If You Don't Pay Council Tax Do we really have to pay council tax? What happens if you never pay council tax? Bailiffs. Your council can send bailiffs ('enforcement agents') to seize your property if there's no other way to recover your debt. They'll tell you how much you owe before the bailiff visits you. The bailiffs' costs can be added to the total amount you owe the council. https://www.gov.uk › council-tax-ar... Pay Council Tax arrears - GOV.UK MORE RESULTS Who is exempt from council tax in England? People who are disregarded include: full-time students, student nurses, apprentices and youth training trainees. people caring for someone with a disability, who is not a partner, or child under 18. patients living in hospitals, care homes, certain hostels or night shelters. people who have a severe mental impairment. https://www.highpeak.gov.uk › article People who are disregarded for council tax MORE RESULTS Can you refuse to pay Council Tax UK? Is paying tax a law UK? How long can they chase you for council tax? Council Tax debt is an unsecured debt which means that it will expire after 6 years according to the Limitation Act 1980. I reckon if you’ve got nerves of steal turn do it. Personally I wouldn’t because I don’t have nerves of steal and it would break me constantly on the look out for baliffs. It’s not for the weak , but paying council tax is not law , it’s for scared mugs like myself .

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