Barnet politician summonsed to court over £1,400 unpaid council tax bill

A freedom of information request revealed at least six councillors failed to pay their council tax bill on time last year

A freedom of information request revealed at least six councillors failed to pay their council tax bill on time last year

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A Barnet politician has been summonsed to court for failing to pay a £1,400 council tax bill.

Barnet Council has refused to reveal the identity of the councillor, citing data protection, but he or she is one of at least six elected representatives who failed to pay their council tax bill on time last year.

A Freedom of Information request revealed the authority had to send out nine letters of reminder for outstanding bills to its members, two of whom were summonsed between January 1, 2013, and January 31, 2014.

One of those has since paid their outstanding bill of £450, but another council member still owes £1,416.

Barnet Council was heavily criticised in 2009 for failing to collect more than £9million in unpaid council tax.

The ruling Conservative group decided earlier this year to cut the council tax rate by one per cent in the 2014/15 election year, despite continuing to slash budgets elsewhere.

The Times Series has asked Barnet Council and the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat group leaders for a comment.

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1:44pm Tue 1 Apr 14

sally maylin says...

name and shame
name and shame sally maylin
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2:15pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Mr Reasonable says...

So the unnamed politician can be involved in setting the council tax but cannot be named for not paying it. Failing to name them is unacceptable especially if they are standing at the forthcoming election.
So the unnamed politician can be involved in setting the council tax but cannot be named for not paying it. Failing to name them is unacceptable especially if they are standing at the forthcoming election. Mr Reasonable
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Don't Call Me Dave says...

The case will be heard in the Magistrate's Court. The daily listings are public information. It shouldn't be difficult to find out who it is. Barnet Council has a history of refusing to publish data that is freely available elsewhere.

Or the council could just deduct the amount owing from the councillor's allowance. If he/she complains, let him/her sue the council.

Or perhaps this is an April Fool's joke?
The case will be heard in the Magistrate's Court. The daily listings are public information. It shouldn't be difficult to find out who it is. Barnet Council has a history of refusing to publish data that is freely available elsewhere. Or the council could just deduct the amount owing from the councillor's allowance. If he/she complains, let him/her sue the council. Or perhaps this is an April Fool's joke? Don't Call Me Dave
  • Score: 1

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