There are calls for two Conservative councillors to resign after they were served liability orders for non-payment of council tax, despite district councillors voting for a 23% pay rise in February.
North Norfolk District Council took legal action against Conservative council chairman Annie Claussen-Reynolds and Cllr Roy Reynolds for owing more than £3,000 between 2014 and 2016.
According to a Freedom of Information request from the local Labour Party, and revealed in the EDP, liability orders were also obtained against outgoing Tory councillor for Astley, Steven Ward.
While the Reynolds have now stood down from their committees and outside bodies, the local Labour Party is calling on the councillors to resign.
Stephen Burke, chair of the North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “How can they be expected to oversee council budgets if they can’t manage their own personal finances? And what message does it send out to the public about one law for councillors and another for the rest of us? Many local residents are struggling day in day out to pay their bills and will be appalled at the extra costs incurred by the council chasing its own councillors for council tax payments.
It begs questions about what North Norfolk District Council and the Conservative Party have been doing about these councillors over the last three years. The council says it’s being transparent but the issue only came to light following a recent freedom of information request by the local Labour Party. As well as writing to the leader of the council on this I hope the public will support the case too.”
The party is now calling on Leader of North Norfolk District Council Tom FitzPatrick, as well as the leader of the Lib Dem opposition, to take control of this matter and to ensure firm action to clean up local politics.
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