Posted by: westlancashirerecord | March 24, 2018

Yesterday In Parliament

 Rosie Cooper MP. “To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he make an assessment of the performance of Rossendales in the collection of council tax debts on behalf of West Lancashire Borough Council”.

Rishi Sunak MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government). “The collection of council tax, and enforcement in relation to non-payment of council tax, is a matter for local authorities and the Department does not collect data on the performance of enforcement agents”.

Rossendales  claims to be a leading provider of nationwide judicial services to local government and the public sector, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marston (Holdings) Limited – Registered No. 01501584. Marston is the UK’s largest judicial services Group with circa 2,000 staff and self-employed agents recovering £300 million per year on behalf of taxpayers, businesses and individuals through ethical and integrated court order compliance. It claims “Lower council tax. Recovering unpaid council tax, for example, keeps council tax bills £100 lower, on average, than they would otherwise be”.

So what is the cost of the Rossendale contract to WLBC? Is Rossendale keeping our council tax bills £100 lower than they would otherwise be? How much council tax debt is WLBC carrying? We should be told.


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