In the five years from 2010 to 2014 inclusive, Scottish Borders Council sent out 13 reminder letters for non-payment of Council Tax – to its own elected members.
A Freedom of Information response from Newtown declines to name the councillors who were in arrears, claiming this is information “of a personal nature”.
It does, however, confirm the political affiliations of the tardy payers.
In 2010, one Independent councillor received a reminder; in 2011, two Conservatives and a Lib Dem got letters; in 2012, two Conservatives, one Lib Dem and one Independent were in arrears; in 2013, it was two Conservatives and one Lib Dem; and in 2014, the sole recipient was a Conservative councillor.
So far this year, no reminder letters have been sent to elected members.
The council says that all Council Tax due by councillors has been fully collected and no councillor has been banned from attending meetings for being more that two months in arrears.