Historical debts to be written off

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Debts of over £300,000 are expected to be written off by the council at a meeting of the executive on Monday (December 3).

The unrecoverable historical business rates of £319,427.95 and credit of £35,106.70 balances from the years 1990-2007 are deemed to be unrecoverable.

If approved, this will be a one-off write-off of business rate debts and credits authorised by the head of revenues, benefits and customer service. The executive committee plans to improve collection rates to 97 per cent for 2013/14 to reduce arrears like this in the future.