Councillors and Council Tax Arrears

Joanna Morris made this Freedom of Information request to Warwickshire County Council as part of a batch sent to 426 authorities

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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

Warwickshire County Council

 
Information request
Our reference: 4393861

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Dear Ms Morris
 
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2019.
 
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Jonathan Sheward
Information Rights Officer

Information Management
Warwickshire County Council
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 418633

 

 
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Information request
Our reference: 4393861

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Dear Ms Morris,
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 12 April 2019.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 

Yours sincerely

Jonathan Sheward
Information Rights Officer
Information Management
Warwickshire County Council
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 418633
E-mail: [1][email address]

 

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