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Angela Wales



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:35 pm    Post subject:
Consultation to remove the sanction of imprisonment
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11 June 2018

Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance

Earlier this year, the Welsh Government launched a campaign to increase awareness about the Council Tax Reduction Scheme and the other forms of support available to people to help them pay their council tax bills. We are working with local authorities and third sector organisations to ensure households in Wales receive the help they are entitled to.

Today, I am launching a consultation about removing the sanction of imprisonment for the non-payment of council tax. This is the next step in making council tax fairer in Wales.

https://gov.wales/about/cabinet/cabinetstatements/2018/Consultationremovesanctionimprisonmentnonpaymentcounciltax/?lang=en

onsultation here -

https://beta.gov.wales/removal-sanction-imprisonment-non-payment-council-tax
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:39 pm    Post subject:
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ouncil tax: Bid to stop prison threat over non-payment

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-44430722
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:41 pm    Post subject:
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People who fail to pay their council tax will no longer face jail terms under plans brought forward in Wales.

New rules are set to be introduced in 2019 that mean people who fail to pay the tax will no longer face up to three months in prison, the Welsh Government has announced.

inance Secretary Mark Drakeford said “getting into debt is not a crime”.

Launching the proposals, he said: “The sanction of imprisonment is an outdated and disproportionate response to a civil debt issue.

“There is significant additional cost to the public purse of imprisoning individuals and such action does nothing to address the reasons for the debt owed to the local authority or to reduce the debt.

“In many cases, it makes the situation worse.


https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/jail-pay-council-tax-wales-14777726
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