Councillors and Council Tax Arrears

North Yorkshire County Council Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

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

North Yorkshire County Council

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Dear Joanna Morris,

Thank you for your request for information, dated 12 April, regarding councillor's council tax arrears.

The information you have requested is not held by North Yorkshire County Council as the function you have asked about is a District Council function rather than a County Council function. The information is instead held by the District Councils so I suggest you contact them directly regarding your request. To assist you in this please find below their contact details:

Craven District Council
Council Offices
1 Bell Vue Square
Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 1FJ
[email address]

Hambleton District Council
Stone Cross
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL6 2UU
[email address]

Harrogate Borough Council
Council Offices
Crescent Gardens
Harrogate
HG1 2SG
[email address]

Richmondshire District Council,
Mercury House,
Station Road
Richmond,
North Yorkshire,
DL10 4JX
[email address]

Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Malton
North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH
[email address]

Scarborough Borough Council
Town Hall
St Nicholas Street
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2HG
[email address]

Selby District Council
Civic Centre
Doncaster Road
Selby
North Yorkshire
YO8 9FT
[email address]

If you have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us

Yours sincerely,

Daphne Slob
The Information Governance Team
01609 532526

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From: Joanna Morris [[FOI #568052 email]]
Sent: 12 April 2019 16:24
To: Infogov - Veritau
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Councillors and Council Tax Arrears

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

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