Woman jailed for refusing to pay council tax

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A Doncaster woman who refused to pay her council tax, despite having the means, has been jailed.

Janet Holdridge, 46, of Riley Avenue in Balby, was sent to prison for 7 days when she appeared at Doncaster Magistrates Court on February 5, as part of a crackdown on persistent non-payers.

Holdridge owed over £2,000 worth of council tax and her case was heard by magistrates on numerous previous occasions.

Since Holdridge has consistently refused to pay, Doncaster Council was left with no option than to take matters further and ask the court to jail her.

Considering the case, Magistrates heard that despite having the means to pay, Mrs Holdridge had failed to do so, and had defaulted on previous payment orders set by the court and therefore found her to be guilty of culpable neglect for the third time.

Simon Wiles, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, said: “Before considering court action we will try to come to an arrangement with customers who are struggling to pay their council tax. We also work closely with agencies and organisations, providing practical help and advice to anyone finding themselves in debt.

“We actively encourage people who are eligible to take up council tax support and discounts. Unfortunately there are still people who refuse to pay their council tax even though they are financially able. We have a legal duty to all those who do pay on time to make sure these offenders don’t get away with it.”

For advice and information about Council Tax and Business Rates visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/counciltax or call 01302 734454