Councillors late in paying council tax

EIGHT borough councillors have been sent reminder letters for late payment of council tax, it has been revealed.

Figures released under the 2000 Freedom of Information Act show that the eight owed North Tyneside Council £2,951 between them after missing payments.

Three of the unnamed eight councillors are Labour representatives and five are Conservatives.

Four, two from each party, have been sent two or more late payment reminder letters by the council.

The figures also reveal that the three Labour councillors owed £257, £297 and £199, and the Conservative members owed £132, £1,453, £494, £119 and £494.

Coun Jim Allan, of Camperdown, the council’s Labour group leader, said: “I don’t know who these three councillors are.

“I do have concerns about people being in public office and having to lead by example, but I don’t know the personal circumstances here.

“It may have just been a direct debit problem with the council. It could just be as simple as that.”

Conservative group leader Coun Michael McIntyre, of Whitley Bay, said: “There could be any number of reasons why somebody is in arrears. Without knowing the full reasons, I can’t comment.”

A council spokesman said: “It’s our policy to ensure all council tax debts are paid in full.

“We provide help to those who have difficulty in paying their bill, while early action is taken against those who delay paying.”