Councillor: ‘I believe in full transparency’

Pocklington Provincial Ward councillor Andy Strangeway said residents were disgusted with the findings.
Pocklington Provincial Ward councillor Andy Strangeway said residents were disgusted with the findings.

A councillor is expecting colleagues to follow suit after confirming with the council tax department that his payments are fully up-to-date.

East Riding councillor Andy Strangeway said residents who contacted him were disgusted after the Pocklington Post revealed on 28 April that at least five East Riding councillors had been issued reminders or received court summons for not paying council tax on time.

Coun Strangeway, who was recently elected as a ward councillor for Pocklington Provincial, has published an email from East Riding Council on his website confirming that his council tax payments are up to date.

He said: “I requested that the council tax department confirm my council tax has been paid in full up to now, and I am pleased they have done this.

“I would expect that some of my fellow ward councillors will want to do the same.

“It’s entirely up to them, councillors have the same right to privacy as everyone else. But I believe in full transparency.

“It’s the fact that fingers are being pointed to all councillors.

“I do not understand why any councillors would not want to extricate themselves from this.

“I wanted to clear my situation.”

And the TaxPayers’ Alliance have appealed for implicated councillors “to have the guts to own up,” after the authority refused to name those who received court 
summons.

While no councillors were issued reminders for non-payment in 2016, five were sent reminders last year and one was summoned to court.

• In both 2014 and 2013, three received reminders and two received court summons.

• In 2012 four received reminders and two were summoned.

• In 2011 four received reminders – two were summoned to court.

No-one from East Riding Council was willing to comment on the findings.