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City councillor served summons over unpaid council tax

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One of two Conservative councillors on Nottingham City Council was served a court summons and liability order after he failed to pay his council tax bill on time.

Councillor Roger Steel represents the Clifton North Ward for the Conservative Party.

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Information shows a summons was issued for Councillor Steel for the sum of £2,263.24.

The summons was issued in the 2017/18 tax year.

Councillor Steel was elected on September 27, 2018.

The council said he has now resolved the issue with council tax in full.

A council document says: “His council tax is settled and up to date and there are no arrears on the account.”

In 2017/18, one council tax reminder letter or email was sent was to a current councillor, and two were sent in 2018/19, although the identities of those to whom these were sent have not been revealed.

The councillor’s register of interests shows he has a property in Wilford Village which is in council tax band E. This means the yearly council tax bill is currently £2,490.96.

Councillor Steel, who is a consultant quantity surveyor, said it had happened because of an “administrative error”, and added: “My council tax arrears were settled in full prior to the council budget meeting.”

Labour councillor Sam Webster, who represents the Castle ward, and is the portfolio holder for finance, said: “As our Government funding has drastically reduced since 2010, we rely increasingly on council tax and business rates to continue to provide vital local services like care for our elderly residents, keeping our streets clean and tackling anti-social behaviour.

“The vast majority of people and businesses pay their council tax and business rates, and the small number who don’t are undermining the council’s ability to provide the services that everyone relies on.

“We do all we can to pursue those who ignore their bills and make no effort to pay, to collect the money that’s owed to the council.

“We have a range of support arrangements in place to help with payments and advice for anyone struggling to pay.

“Ultimately we collect up to 97 percent of what we’re owed to enable local services to continue to function.”

 

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