Search

£500 of shopping vouchers up for grabs in this week’s Recorder

On sale June 26

Havering Council sends bailiffs to 24 addresses a day

08:00 02 August 2013

Havering Council conducted investigations into the two women

Havering Council conducted investigations into the two women

Archant

Havering Council sent bailiffs to addresses in the borough an average of 24 times a day last year.

And they recovered a staggering £1.95million owed.

Between April 2012 and March 2013, bailiffs knocked on 8,640 doors, demanding cash owing to Havering Council.

That’s nearly double the number of warrants issued to bailiffs the previous year, when about £330,000 was recovered on 4,654 occasions.

At the moment Havering Council only uses bailiffs to pursue council tax debts and parking fines.

Prior to 2011, bailiffs were only used to recover parking fines and penalty notices – which is why the number of warrants was lower, at 2,656, with £150,688 recovered.

But the amount that residents were ordered to pay is likely to be higher than that, as bailiffs’ own fees are recovered from the people they visit, not from the authority that sends them there.

The 2012/13 figures were revealed during last month’s Havering Council meeting, following a request by Cllr John Wood (Residents’ Association) during members’ questions.

But while the numbers were made public, finance boss Cllr Roger Ramsey told him there was no record of the number of complaints received about bailiffs’ behaviour.

“It is currently not possible to determine the exact number of complaints received about bailiffs specifically, as these will have been recorded together with a variety of other complaints relating to the relevant area – for example, council tax arrears,” he said.

“This supports the view of officers that we do not receive a large number of such complaints.”

A council spokesman said the reason for the increase in warrants last year was that an external company had been employed in 2012/13 to help the council pursue a higher number of old council tax debts.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

32 minutes ago
Temperatures are predicted to reach about 30 degrees tomorrow.

Summer is well and truly here and Havering’s residents are experiencing “heatwave” conditions as scorching temperatures continue to rise.

16:30
Romford Station

Speed restrictions on trains due to hot weather will not affect services through Havering, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.

Zhane Decembre

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 16-year-old girl.

15:01
Daybreak. Pictures: Google Maps

Funding cuts have forced a counselling charity to close its doors after 30 years of helping people improve their wellbeing.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Y6 pupils unpack the rice

A school challenged their pupils to become enterprising individuals as they took on the national 90kg Rice Challenge.

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder