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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 29 June, 2015

Report of the Leader

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Overpayment

Purpose of the Report

1.    This report parallels a Part II Cabinet Report of the same title. It relates to a Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit overpayment debt write off.

Recommendations

1.    That Cabinet approves the write off of outstanding Housing Benefit overpayment and Council Tax Benefit.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.    To deal with an overpayment to a Housing and Council Tax Benefit claimant who has very limited capability to deal with personal financial affairs.

Background

2.    This case involves a disabled Housing and Council Tax Benefit claimant with exceptional mitigating personal circumstances.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.    The matter was referred to the Council’s Internal Audit section to establish the facts and to allow a considered proposal to be made.

 

4.    Each case is taken on its individual merits and a person’s ability to deal with their personal financial matters is a major consideration.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5.    Adequate provision is made in the Council’s accounts in respect of unrecoverable debts.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

6.    None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7.    The matter is complies with the Financial Regulations of the Council.

Crime and Disorder Implications

8.    None

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

9.    None

Corporate/Service Objectives

10.    The payment of HB/CTB comes under the priority outcome of Community Leadership.

Policy Framework and Budget

11.    This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

12.    None

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13.    Corporate Resources

Background Papers

None

Contact Officer

Nigel Smith

Revenue and Benefit Manager

Tel (01446 709310)

Officers Consulted

Principal Auditor

Council Tax Manager

Senior Benefits Officer

Responsible Officer:

Alan Jenkins - Head of Finance/Section 151 Officer

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