The total amount of debt written off by the county council rose slightly last year, but still remained below £2million.
In 2016/17, a total of £1.75million was written off, up from £1.44million the previous year, but still below the figures for 2014/15 and 2013/14, which were above £2million.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the cabinet, councillors and officers were keen to put this figure in context and it was pointed out the write-off figure was less than one per cent of the total amount of council tax (£175million) and business rates (£82million) brought in by the local authority.
Coun Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services, said: “Debt is only written off as a last resort when it is not collectable.
“We are very good at collecting debt when benchmarked against other local authorities. There are no standout figures here which should cause alarm.”