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Authorities failed to collect £530m in Council Tax

Councils in England, Scotland and Wales failed to collect £530m in Council Tax in 2009/10, a BBC investigation has found through a Freedom of Information request. Separate figures obtained by the BBC also show a shortfall of £2.5bn in unpaid Council Tax since it was brought in to replace the unpopular poll tax in 1993. However, many local authorities say that this figure represents less than 2% of all Council Tax, with a collection rate of more than 98%. The counci... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

Police vehicle crime unit is axed

The specialist police unit that traces and recovers stolen vehicles worth more than £1m each month is being axed as part of the government’s spending cuts. The Vehicle Crime Intelligence Services is responsible for tracking down the more than 150,000 cars stolen throughout the UK every... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

Anger over end of Liverpool’s lay-bys

A Liverpool city councillor has condemned the removal of lay-bys for buses in the city as “municipal madness”. Liberal Democrat councillor Eddie Clein said the decision by Merseytravel will increase congestion. Merseytravel, which regulates public transport on Merseyside, said that the... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

More policing powers for guards at Victoria stations

Private security guards are to be given limited policing powers under a government scheme to relieve the petty crime burden on police forces. The Metropolitan Police is to accredit powers to 15 security guards from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) approved contractor, Ultimate Security... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
M4 corridor to get variable limits

M4 corridor to get variable limits

Variable speed limits (VSLs) are being introduced on a congested stretch of the M4 near Newport in South Wales. The system uses... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
No cut in drink-drive limit, but new drug offence likely

No cut in drink-drive limit, but new drug offence likely

The government has rejected lowering the legal drink-drive limit contrary to advice received from a leading legal expert. Sir Peter North, author of the government commissioned report, said the limit should be reduced,... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

Fly-tipper gets two years for spate of dumping offences

A man has been jailed for two years after being found guilty at Southampton Crown Court of fly-tipping. Marcus Bairstow, 36, had blighted roads and even graveyards around the Southampton area. Over a two-year period Southampton City Council gathered evidence — including CCTV?footage, photos... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

Fuel theft soars as pump prices hit new high, says road haulage group

Road haulage firms have reported that fuel theft is costing them millions. These incidents have been rising sharply reflecting the jump in petrol and diesel costs, states the Road Haulage Association (RHA). Chrys Rampley, security manager for the RHA, said fuel was still being taken from lorries... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
Number of level crossing near-misses on the rise

Number of level crossing near-misses on the rise

The number of vehicle near-misses with trains at level crossings increased by 15% in 2010, according to figures released by Network Rail. There were 3,446-recorded incidents of misuse at... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

‘More than half of speed cameras are inactive,’ says Which?

Over half of speed cameras in England and Wales are not working according to research carried out by consumer watchdog magazine Which? The findings showed that 47% of the cameras were working at any given time in all 43 police authorities in England and Wales. The study also highlighted large... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
Rise in speeding offences leads to return of Oxfordshire cameras

Rise in speeding offences leads to return of Oxfordshire cameras
Patrick McDonnell

Speed cameras in Oxfordshire are once more in operation after... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
Residents get speed guns to enforce their streets

Residents get speed guns to enforce their streets
Patrick McDonnell

A scheme to stop speeding drivers is to be rolled out across Reading after a pilot scheme in East Tilehurst area was heralded a success. Residents... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

Cost of car insurance up due to rise in fraud

Fraud is one of the prime factors driving up the cost of motor insurance, MPs have said. The House of Commons transport committee noted in its report The Cost of Motor Insurance that wider access to justice should not provide a licence to make false personal injury claims under car insurance... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

Task works with Lambeth council

Task Enforcement, part of NSL Services Group is providing bailiff services for the London Borough of Lambeth. The three-year contract has the potential for extension a further two years, this gives a possible contract value of £2m.... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

Equita signed by Watford & York

Equita has been awarded a new contact with the City of York Council for the collection of penalty charge notices (PCNs), Council Tax, non-domestic rates and sundry debts. The enforcement services firm has also won a contract for the collection of PCNs for the Watford, Dacorum and Three Rivers... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

Bristow & Sutor brings in Neil

Civil enforcement provider Bristow & Sutor has appointed Robert Neil as client development manager. His remit is to raise the company’s profile in the North East and to play a key role in account management and customer liaison in the region. With more than 15 years in the profession,... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
Jacobs’ Gibney in client role

Jacobs’ Gibney in client role

Kiri Gibney has joined the business development & client management team at Jacobs Certificated Bailiffs as... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

Courses from enforcement experts

Two enforcement industry experts have joined forces to offer local authorities courses on getting the most from their bailiffs. John Kruse is  a money adviser expert in bailiff law whose books are the standard texts for practitioners and advisers while Philip Evans is past chair of the... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

JBW Group is rising up Times list of Top 100 SMEs

JBW Group has been ranked at No 26 in The Times Top 100 list of the best small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to work for in the UK. This is a rise of 45 places from the debt management and enforcement organisation’s ranking in last year’s list. Azra Jennings, communications manager for... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

Marston seeks respect in Liverpool

Marston Group worked in unison with Merseyside Police in a campaign combating anti-social behaviour in south Liverpool. The operation called, “Respect”, saw officers tackling speeding offences, vehicles parking illegally graffiti, and other anti-social activity that could impact on the... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
White to head Shergroup’s security & property team

White to head Shergroup’s security & property team

High Court enforcement specialist Shergroup has appointed Tracey White as head of property and security services. She will have responsiblity for managing and deploying officers for vacant property... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
Watching the detection directives

Watching the detection directives

A consultation on a new code of practice governing the use of CCTV and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems was... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
Save the wheel clamp!

Save the wheel clamp!
Mark Moran

“Don't ban the wheel clamp,” sounds like an... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
Reforms will let badge cheats off the hook

Reforms will let badge cheats off the hook
Ashley Brandon

Over the past few months local authorities have been eagerly waiting to see if the offences they enforce under the Regulation... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
Transport’s top cop on the right track

Transport’s top cop on the right track
Lesley Brown

As an unique policing environment, the transport system has a unique set of needs. To meet them, an independent... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
Constructing an enforcement team

Constructing an enforcement team
Patrick McDonnell

An unlikely name has cropped up in the world of civil enforcement. Balfour Beatty, best known... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
A new kind of arbiter

A new kind of arbiter
Philip Evans & John Kruse

The hope of comprehensive regulation of bailiffs is once again... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements
Enforcers 21: The problem with populist measures

Enforcers 21: The problem with populist measures
Deniz Huseyin

Under the Protection of the Freedoms Bill, the clamping and towing away of vehicles on private land in England and Wales is due to be outlawed... continue

7 Apr 2011Parking Review Supplements

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