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

Courtney Beresford, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Ms. Joanna Morris Contact: Courtney Beresford
Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: HOU02DEABA
Date: 15/04/2019

Dear Ms. Morris

Freedom of Information : HOU02DEABA

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received
on 12/04/2019 about Councillor & Council Tax.   It will be forwarded to
the appropriate Council Service for action and you should receive a
response, or a request for clarification by 15/05/2019. If there is a need
to clarify anything relating to your request, colleagues will contact you.
 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  

Yours sincerely

Courtney Beresford

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Pearl McMenemy, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Ms. Joanna Morris Contact: Pearl McMenemy
  Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: HOU02DEABA
Date: 15/05/2019

Dear Ms. Morris

Freedom of Information Enquiry: HOU02DEABA

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?

1).   Reminders sent  : 2015/16  -  2
                                          2016/17  -  2
                                          2017/18  -  0

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

2).  1 councillor was served summary  warrant in each of the following:

     2015/16    - 1
     2016/17    - 1
     2017/18    - 0  

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

3(a).  Please see response at (1) above

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.

3(b) In respect of the name of the councillor, it relates to Councillor
Craig Holden, Scottish National Party (SNP).  In respect of financial data
requested, we are withholding this information,  We would argue that this
is personal data, the disclosure of which would breach the data protection
principles (and is therefore exempt from disclosure under section 38(1)(b)
of FOISA).

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.

3(c) The councillor named above (3(b)) was not barred from voting on the
Council budget.

Yours sincerely,

Pearl McMenemy

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