I would like to respond on behalf of the Erewash Borough Council to last week’s letter from David Vipond regarding the payment of business rates.
I also received a letter from Mr Vipond raising similar concerns and the council’s revenues manager has spoken to him to clarify the position and explain our recovery procedures in more detail.
There appears to have been an unfortunate misunderstanding over the council’s approach to debt recovery and Mr Vipond has now written to me accepting that the council does not follow the process he describes in his letter to the Advertiser and stating that he considers the matter resolved and closed.
The charging of business rates and the collection arrangements are statutory processes regulated by national legislation, however this council does listen to ratepayers who are experiencing difficulties and tries to help where possible.
Cllr Chris Corbett,
Leader, Erewash Council