Man jailed over coun­cil tax bill

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

A MAN has been jailed for not pay­ing his coun­cil tax.

Christo­pher McLaugh­lin was sent to prison for 36 days when he ap­peared at Chel­tenham Mag­is­trates’ Court this week.

He was pros­e­cuted by Stroud Dis­trict Coun­cil, which said he had been given sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to clear the debt.

McLaugh­lin, of Hawthorn Rise, Stroud, was given a sus­pended sen­tence by mag­is­trates in May last year for ne­glect­ing to pay four years of coun­cil tax, amount­ing to just over £3,000.

At that hear­ing, he was or­dered to pay £150 per month, but was warned that any de­fault in pay­ment would re­sult in his sen­tence be­ing ac­ti­vated.

He was or­dered to ap­pear be­fore court three more times due to fail­ure to pay, so an ar­rest war­rant was is­sued and he was brought be­fore the court on Mon­day, when mag­is­trates ac­ti­vated the sen­tence.

“We do all we can to help peo­ple who are in dif­fi­cult fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances, but there’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween those who can’t pay and those who won’t pay,” said Mark Rich­ings, the coun­cil’s se­nior re­cov­ery of­fi­cer.

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