Local Government: Debt Collection

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 19th May 2022.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the guidance issued by his Department in August 2021 entitled Council tax collection: best practice guidance for local authorities, to other debt collection services local authorities carry out.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch Minister for Equalities, Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (jointly with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government keeps all guidance under review. Councils will wish to ensure that their collection and enforcement processes follow best practice, are proportionate, and enable the most effective way of recovering outstanding debt.

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