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HCC: Council Tax Dodging Councillors

July 14, 2016 Hull City Council

HCC: Council Tax Dodging Councillors

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

Hull City Council (HCC) is the next Council to provide a response to one of a series of identical Freedom of Information requests, 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 HCC 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 HCC Councillors have been barred from participating in voting on budgetary decisions, contingent upon Council Tax arrears of two months or more.

Councillor Richard BARRETT [Ind.] has apparently endured a difficult period in 205/16, defaulting on Council Tax payments on two separate accounts and three Reminders, a Final Notice and two Summonses.

2015/16

Debt 1

Amount

05/05/2015

Reminder

£114.45

05/10/2015

2nd Reminder

£122.42

17/12/2015

Final Notice

£155.02

25/01/2016

Summons

£235.02

Debt 2

04/02/2016

Reminder

£140.80

22/02/2016

Summons

£366.80

Cllr_Richard_BARRETT


Councillor Karen MATHIESON [LibDem.] has apparently kept a clean sheet since 2012/13, when she received two Reminders and one Summons.

2012/13

Debt 1

Amount

06/06/2012

Reminder

£104.18

05/07/2012

2nd Reminder

£104.18

30/07/2012

Summons

£919.18

Cllr_Karen_MATHIESON


Following two Reminders, mother and daughter Councillors Cheryl and Ruth PAYNE [LibDem.] – not to be confused with the celebrity sisters-in-law of the same names – who were jointly liable for the Council Tax on their property were duly issued with Summonses in 2014/15 and a Reminder and a Summons in 2015/6.

2014/15

Debt 1

Amount

2015/16

Debt 1

Amount

04/06/2014

Reminder

£33.91

05/05/2015

Reminder

£91.68

04/09/2014

2nd Reminder

£69.70

29/06/2015

Summons

£1,026.68

17/10/2014

Final Notice

£501.70

16/01/2015

Final Notice

£143.43

Debt 1

13/04/2015

Reminder

£315.79

27/04/2015

Summons

£395.79

Cllr_Cheryl_PAYNE

Cllr_Ruth_PAYNE


Four others, designated only as Councillor A, Councillor B, Councillor C and Councillor D have not been identified as they no longer serve on Hull City Council.


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