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14th Oct 2020

Dominic Cummings has £30k unpaid council tax bill ‘written off’

Wayne Farry

The council tax charges will come into effect from the start of October 2020

An unpaid council tax bill worth between £30,000 and £50,000 on on two properties at the North-East farm of Dominic Cummings and his family has been written off.

According to a report in The National, two properties on the land, one of which was built in 2002, are said to have been repeatedly in breach of planning permissions regulations, though charges will not be backdated due to the amount of time which has elapsed.

“They should have informed them (the authorities) and it should have been checked,” Durham County Councillor John Shuttleworth said.

“If it was anybody else, they would be getting charged and it would be backdated, or they would be getting taken to court.

“It just proves there is two sets of rules, one for them and another for everyone else. It is not right.

“We have to abide by the law and it we don’t you get put in prison or you get fined. They are just above it.”

In July 2016, Melanie Woodcock from Bridgend in Wales was handed a jail sentence for her failure to pay an outstanding council tax bill worth £4,742.

Woodcock was too ill to work at the time and was the recipient of benefits. She spent 40 days in prison before her release on appeal.