Councils encouraged to utilise Debt Collection Agencies

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Local councils are being urged to utilise private debt collection agencies due to high volumes of debt being written off.

Speaking to the Enfield Independent Councillor Daniel Pearce said that councillors should contract private debt collection companies with specialist technology to recover more of the cash, especially at a time when budgets are being squeezed.

Cllr Pearce made the declaration after figures were released showing the council was writing off more than £500,000 of bad debt each year. This year the council has written off £193.415.57 in housing benefit over payments, £249,316.47 in unpaid business rates, and £125,858.49 in unpaid council tax.

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