Thursday, December 21, 2006

Do you or don't you write off debt?

Like so many ordinary people we often find ourselves shouting at the television or even at the sky at the sheer absurdity of Government, be it national or local. In some circumstances that can happen simply because we think whoever it we wish to rant about is being stupid, but occasionally it happens because they contradict themselves within seconds and somehow manage to ignore the fact that they did it.

Such an incident occur ed today when we heard about one of the written responses from the Council at last night's full meeting. In response to a question regarding how much Council tenant debt the Council wrote off between May and December this year, Councillor Peter Kotz, the Cabinet Member for Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal, said,
"The Council does not write off debt from current tenants except in cases of bankruptcy.... Between May and December 06 the Council has written off £446,378 of former tenants arrears.... These debts are only written after exhaustive enquiries have been made, both directly and through debt collection agencies."
Is it just us, or does the last sentence contradict the first?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

er... don't think so: former tenants are not current tenants

9:53 am  
Blogger said...

fair point

10:03 am  
Anonymous John said...

Still, we want our money!

1:09 pm  
Blogger Indigo said...

Why did the Council give up on collecting arrears from former student, Miss Cay/Miss M1 2006 aka "giro_playgirl", then?

I get into work to find a message from my old flatmate informing me that Greenwich Council have dropped all charges and court action against us for back payment of council tax whilst I was living there in 2004 whilst still a student.

Reading between the lines, I suppose that the "old flatmate" claimed that s/he didn't know where Miss M1 was now living. She's in Manchester, Greenwich Council - how exhaustive, really, were your enquiries? It sounds as if she is (a) working, so able to pay her arrears; and (b) Greenwich Council got as far as starting court action.

Pathetic. Don't even think about increasing Council Tax in 2007 until you have collected the arrears. Why should I pay Miss M1's arrears, given that she is well able to do so.

2:36 pm  

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