Decision Maker: Community & Resources
Decision status: Decision Made
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The report, the purpose of which was for Member approval to Write-Off debts that to date had been non-recoverable, was presented by the Customer Support Manager.
Members were reminded of the decision made at the previous meeting to defer this item. An update was given on the actions taken since that meeting.
A lengthy debate followed when it became apparent that some Members were reluctant to write-off the debts. Legal and financial advice was given by the Solicitor, the Head of Paid Service and the Strategic Manager (Resources).
Following concerns raised by Members, the Customer Support Manager detailed the legal processes and recovery actions that had been undertaken by Officers.
It was proposed by Councillor Morrish, seconded by Councillor McGeough that the debts not be written off.
An amendment to the recommendation was put forward that if the debts are written-off for technical accountancy purposes, the matter is included on the Forward Plan and reported back to this Committee on a regular basis.
A vote was taken on the proposal by Councillor Morris, seconded by Councillor McGeough not to write-off the debts.
(Vote: For 2, Against 9)
This motion was lost.
It was proposed by Councillor Hurley, seconded by Councillor Lock and -
That the debts detailed in the report be written off for technical accountancy purposes, but remains subject to recovery action, with reporting back to this Committee on a regular basis.
(Vote: For 9, Against 2)
It was proposed by Councillor S Inch, seconded by Councillor Hicks that the press and public be re-admitted.
(Vote: For – Unanimous)
Publication date: 28/11/2018
Date of decision: 26/11/2018
Decided at meeting: 26/11/2018 - Community & Resources