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More than £130,000 of irrecoverable debt written off by Renfrewshire Council

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More than £130,000 of irrecoverable debt has been written off by Renfrewshire Council after the move was authorised by elected members.

The decision was made as recovery of the sums from individuals and companies was no longer deemed "viable", a report disclosed.

A total amount of £131,316.97, comprising council tax and non-domestic rates debt, was approved for write-off by the finance, resources and customer services policy board on Thursday.A paper said the local authority had already "pursued" the debts in question, adding that it was "considered prudent" to write off the outstanding balance.

The report also showed a number of council tax debts had accumulated over significant periods of time – a trend Councillor Alison Ann-Dowling, Labour group finance spokesperson, sought clarity on.She told the board: "I'd like officers to speak to how it's possible to run up council tax debt over between a 15 and 20-year period, as laid out in this report, to accrue over £16,000 in debt.

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