Councillors receive hundreds of unpaid tax notices

Figures collated from a freedom of information request (FoI) submitted by the BBC, have shown that nearly 400 reminders have been sent to councillors in arrears.

The data showed that Caerphilly Council issued the most at 44, leading to three court summons, but Wrexham, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Denbighshire sent none.

According to the FoI, some of the most common reasons given for failing to pay council tax included illness, family problems and forgetfulness.

A spokeswoman for Caerphilly Council said: "We actively pursue instances where individuals are eligible to pay council tax and are in arrears, regardless of their occupation or any other personal details."

Meanwhile, Wynne Jones, finance cabinet member for Powys Council which issued 27 notices to six councillors commented: "Councillors, past or present, are not treated any differently to anyone else and they must ensure that their council tax payments are up to date.

"Failure to comply with this may result in a criminal prosecution and on summary conviction a member will be liable to a maximum fine of £1,000."