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Unlawful Imprisonment For Not Paying Council Tax

EDM number 926 in 2017-19, proposed by Barry Sheerman on 08/02/2018.
Categorised under the topics of Local government, Prisons and Taxation.

That this House notes that between 9.5 and 18 per cent of people each year are imprisoned unlawfully for having failed to pay Council Tax despite the fact that they had not committed a criminal offence; further notes that from 2010 to 2017, between 66 and 125 of the 692 people imprisoned for non-payment of Council Tax were imprisoned without lawful reason, and that these figures are an underestimate as they do not take into account many other reasons as to why such orders have been deemed unlawful by the Administrative Court following Judicial Review Proceedings; notes that this is one of the largest mass miscarriages of justice in British legal history; calls upon the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to urgently remove the provision which allows imprisonment for failure to pay Council Tax; and notes that those wrongfully imprisoned should be informed and supported to seek redress for having their lives irrevocably and detrimentally affected by their incarceration which adversely impacts upon them, their children and minor dependents and, in addition, puts a considerable and unnecessary burden on public resources which is entirely disproportionate to the amount being claimed for non-payment of Council Tax.

This motion has been signed by a total of 20 MPs.

Barry Sheerman08/02/2018HuddersfieldLabourProposed
Kelvin Hopkins20/02/2018Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Ruth Cadbury20/02/2018Brentford and IsleworthLabourSeconded
Ronnie Campbell21/02/2018Blyth ValleyLabourSeconded
Jim Shannon21/02/2018StrangfordDUPSeconded
Marie Rimmer21/02/2018St Helens South and WhistonLabourSeconded
Mary Glindon21/02/2018North TynesideLabourSigned
Thelma Walker22/02/2018Colne ValleyLabourSigned
Ruth George26/02/2018High PeakLabourSigned
Jared O'Mara27/02/2018Sheffield, HallamIndependentSigned
Virendra Sharma27/02/2018Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
Daniel Zeichner28/02/2018CambridgeLabourSigned
Joan Ryan28/02/2018Signed
Stephen Doughty28/02/2018Cardiff South and PenarthLabourSigned
Chris Williamson05/03/2018Derby NorthLabourSigned
Hilary Benn13/03/2018Leeds CentralLabourSigned
Sandy Martin22/03/2018IpswichLabourSigned
Roger Godsiff26/03/2018Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Margaret Hodge26/04/2018BarkingLabourSigned
David Crausby16/05/2018Bolton North EastLabourSigned

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