Secret councillor decision splits opinion among parties

The Bolton News: The two Bolton councillors who failed to pay council tax for two years in a row will not be revealed by the information commissioner. The two Bolton councillors who failed to pay council tax for two years in a row will not be revealed by the information commissioner.

THE decision of the Information Commissioners’ Office to keep secret the identity of two Bolton councillors who failed to pay council tax has divided opinion among the town's three political parties.

Bolton Council leader and Labour leader Cllr Cliff Morris said: “At least the ICO has seen the details of each case and considered them on an individual basis, but the main thing is that all councillors should keep their affairs in order.

"I think this issue has provided a wake-up call for councillors to check their financial responsibilities have been met.”

Bolton’s Tory leader, Cllr David Greenhalgh, was unavailable for comment.

Deputy leader for Bolton Conservatives, Cllr Andrew Morgan, said: “The ICO has reached the correct decision.

“It is the case that councillors are entitled to the same level of privacy as any member of the public.”

Bolton’s Liberal Democrats leader, Cllr Roger Hayes, added: “I am surprised and disappointed by the ICO’s decision.

"People who put themselves up for election should have a lower expectation of privacy than the average member of the public.”

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12:57pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

At least we now know that the payment of council tax is optional.

Citizens : you have the councillors' blessing to avoid payment for the next two years.

BN - you should be hounding each councillor to make a personal, public statement that they have paid their council tax and there are no arrears. No citizen should vote for a councilor who fails to do this since it demonstrates a lack of integrity.

By a process of elimination, the non-payers are not lib dems.
At least we now know that the payment of council tax is optional. Citizens : you have the councillors' blessing to avoid payment for the next two years. BN - you should be hounding each councillor to make a personal, public statement that they have paid their council tax and there are no arrears. No citizen should vote for a councilor who fails to do this since it demonstrates a lack of integrity. By a process of elimination, the non-payers are not lib dems. Citizen Cane
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2:02pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Gill bolton says...

If we didn't pay our council tax we would be dragged through courts and our identity would be splashed all over the B N.
If we didn't pay our council tax we would be dragged through courts and our identity would be splashed all over the B N. Gill bolton
  • Score: 4

8:58am Sun 26 Jan 14

Back oth Bank Boy says...

councillors,M.Ps.,Mi
nisters can't be prosecuted for crimes. As it is all our prisons are full. Cost is to high to run prisons. If they name those two council Tax Avoiders then they will point fingers at other thieves in the chamber.
HONOURE AMONGE THEIVES. BACK' OTH BANK BOY.
councillors,M.Ps.,Mi nisters can't be prosecuted for crimes. As it is all our prisons are full. Cost is to high to run prisons. If they name those two council Tax Avoiders then they will point fingers at other thieves in the chamber. HONOURE AMONGE THEIVES. BACK' OTH BANK BOY. Back oth Bank Boy
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