Colne Valley councillor Donna Bellamy has admitted she has been summonsed over non-payment of Council Tax.

The Tory has confirmed she is one of five serving Kirklees councillors to receive a court summons.

Clr Bellamy, who lives in Woods Terrace, Marsden, has been summonsed over a non-payment of £27.74 and claims it was a “genuine mistake”.

Clr Bellamy, who retained her seat in May 2015, issued a statement.

Council tax bill

She said: “It is unfortunate that I find myself as one of the councillors summonsed for an under payment of Council ttax. This was a genuine mistake on my part in that I paid what I thought was the full amount only to find that I was short by £27.74,

“Had the Council Tax Office sent me a letter or phoned me to tell me I had underpaid I would have rectified it straight away, but they did not. The first I knew was when I received a summons.

“I rectified the matter straight away and have put processes in place to ensure this cannot happen again. It is embarrassing, but I am disappointed that the Council Tax Office did not notify me of the shortfall before sending the summons.

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“The procedure should be changed to give people chance to pay before sending a summons, which can in some cases cost more than the amount outstanding.”

The Examiner exclusively revealed earlier this month that five Kirklees councillors have been summonsed to court for non-payment, one of whom owed almost £1,200.

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A court summons only occurs after several reminders to pay are ignored.

A further nine councillors have been issued reminders for not coughing up their bills in a timely manner and getting into arrears.