Middlesbrough: Council Tax Dodging Councillors

Middlesbrough: Council Tax Dodging Councillors


August 10, 2016

District

Middlesbrough: Council Tax Dodging Councillors

Following FOIA disclosures regarding Councillors who did not pay
their Council Tax without recourse to enforcement procedures at;

Middlesbrough Council (MC) is the next Council to provide a response
to one of a series of identical Freedom of Information requests,
reluctantly and following an Appeal for Internal Review, in the
following terms:

For each of the financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 until the date of your response:

(1) which MC Councillors have been the subject of recovery
action, either in the form of demands sent by letter or email, or by
court action. Please specify which type of recovery action, where
applicable.

(2) which MC Councillors have been barred from participating in
voting on budgetary decisions, contingent upon Council Tax arrears of
two months or more.

Middlesbrough Council has declined to provide a full response,
claiming that it would be inappropriate to disclose the names of those
Councillors who have been the subject of mere Reminders. The Council has
disclosed the name of two Councillors who required sterner action in
the form of a court summons.

For the periods 2011/12 and 2012/13, Councillor Len JUNIER [Ind.] was summonsed on 10th May 2011 i.e. just a few days after the 2011 election.

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Councillor Michael SAUNDERS [Ind.] was summonsed 13th February 2013.
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No Councillors were barred from participating in budgetary decisions.
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