Councillors and Council Tax Arrears

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Hello,

I'm writing to you in the hope of obtaining information relating to the number of reminder letters and summons sent to elected councillors in your authority area since 2015/16.

I'd prefer to receive the information in Excel spreadsheet - xlsx or xls - format and if you cannot provide the information in full, I would like to request that you provide as much as you are able to within the cost and time limits of the Act.

If you need clarification or can suggest ways in which the request can be refined in order for it to be successful, I'd be grateful if you could contact me as soon as possible.

Please note that there is precedent for councillors to be named in relation to this issue - the High Court ruled in March 2015 that they should not have their identities protected when it comes to non-payment of council tax.

I'd like to know the following:

1. How many unpaid council tax reminders were sent to councillors elected in your authority between 2015/16 and 2017/18? Please break down by financial year?

2. How many councillors were summonsed to court or given summary warrants in the same period? Again, please break down by financial year.

3a. How many reminders were issued to the councillors named? Please break down by year.

3b. For each instance, please provide the name of each councillor, the party they represent or represented at the time and the amount of council tax owed according to sums requested in the letter. Please also provide the amount of council tax that remains outstanding.

3c. Please also state for each councillor, whether they were barred from voting on the council's budget as a result of their council tax arrears and whether any summons received resulted in a court hearing going ahead.

I'd be grateful if you could provide the information for questions 1 and 2 as totals for your authority and present the rest of the information within a spreadsheet with the following columns:

Financial Year - Authority Name - Councillor Name - Party - No of Reminders - No of Summons - Amount Owed According to Reminders - Court Hearing Y/N - Outcome of Hearing - Banned from Voting Y/N - Current Sum Outstanding

Yours faithfully,

Joanna Morris

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Ms Morris

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-26846

 

Thank you for your request dated 12 April 2019

 

Your request will be answered by 15 May 2019

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Morris

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-26846

 

Thank you for your request dated 12 April 2019

 

Our response is as follows:

 

You requested:

 

I'm writing to you in the hope of obtaining information relating to the
number of reminder letters and summons sent to elected councillors in your
authority area since 2015/16.

 

1. How many unpaid council tax reminders were sent to councillors elected
in your authority between 2015/16 and 2017/18? Please break down by
financial year?

 The information is contained within the attached spread sheet. Personal
data has been redacted except in the case of the issue of summonses.

 

2. How many councillors were summonsed to court or given summary warrants
in the same period? Again, please break down by financial year.

 The information is contained within the attached spread sheet. Personal
data has been redacted except in the case of the issue of summonses.

 

3a. How many reminders were issued to the councillors named? Please break
down by year.

 The information is contained within the attached spread sheet. Personal
data has been redacted except in the case of the issue of summonses.

 

3b. For each instance, please provide the name of each councillor, the
party they represent or represented at the time and the amount of council
tax owed according to sums requested in the letter.  Please also provide
the amount of council tax that remains outstanding.

 The information is contained within the attached spread sheet. Personal
data has been redacted except in the case of the issue of summonses.

 

3c. Please also state for each councillor, whether they were barred from
voting on the council's budget as a result of their council tax arrears
and whether any summons received resulted in a court hearing going ahead.

 

The information is contained within the attached spread sheet. Personal
data has been redacted except in the case of the issue of summonses.

 

 

If you have any queries about this correspondence, please contact me,
quoting the reference number above.

 

If you are not satisfied with our response to your request, you can ask
for an Internal Review.  Internal review requests must be submitted within
two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original
request.  If you wish to do this, please contact us in writing, setting
out why you are dissatisfied.

 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Internal Review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. 
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
Internal Review procedure provided by the Council. You can contact the ICO
by emailing [1][email address], or by post at Customer Contact,
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

ü Please consider the environment before printing this email

 

 

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