Council members owing tax were able to vote

NO councillors in debt illegally voted in meetings over the last two years, The Press understands.

Five out of 69 members on Kirklees Council received a court summons for council tax arrears totalling £3,997.54.

Their identities are unknown but they may be named under a legal precedent involving another council.

The Press asked Kirklees if any had voted in the finance meetings where there could be a conflict of interest.

Councillors in arrears by two months or more are banned from setting council tax and the budget.

A spokesman said none of them were in arrears by that much and so were able to vote.

Of the five, “Coun F” owed the most – £1,186.16 in 2014/15, including council costs for recovering the debt.

In 2015/16, “Coun M” was handed court summons for the sums of £172 and £977.77.

“Coun E”  owed £870.34, “Coun G” owed £763.53 and “Coun I” was summoned to court for just £27.74.

Nine other councillors were issued reminders over the last two years for not paying on time.

It is not known if any of the 14 are from North Kirklees.

In Kirklees, 85,000 reminders and 26,000 court summons are sent every year invoving 180,000 council tax accounts.

The council spokesman said: “Councillors are treated in the same way as members of the public.

“They do not get sent extra reminders or have monies deducted from their allowances.”

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