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Four councillors needed council tax reminders; NEWS IN BRIEF.

FOUR independent borough councillors had to be sent reminder notices to pay their council tax, according to figures released this week.

Figures released following a Freedom of Information request, show a total of four independent councillors on Bridgend County Borough Council failed to promptly pay pounds 1,829.93 in council tax during the last year. As a result, council chiefs had to send out a total of 10 reminder notices.

While the Vale of Glamorgan Council revealed it had sent letters to two of its councillors in the past year, it did not reveal the amounts left unpaid.

A BCBC spokesman said: "Bridgend County Borough Council does not have any elected members who are currently in arrears for council tax payments."

John O'Connell, research director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Councillors are often quick to talk tough and clamp down on residents who haven't paid but that is a bit rich when there are so many that haven't paid themselves."

Mr O'Connell said it was "crucial" for councils to make it as easy as possible to pay their council tax.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 24, 2011
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