Dear Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please could you identify the councillors, if any, that were late paying council tax in 2019-20.
Please could you also list:

- who received reminder letters and who received a summons
- how much was owed in each case
- what happened after a summons? Did they pay or were liability orders issued
- Also, was anyone banned from voting on the budget because of late payment?

Yours faithfully,

james graham

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Information Governance Officer

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