Published: September 6, 2010
Burnham MP Tessa Munt cleared of council tax fraud claims

Burnham-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt has been cleared of allegations of falsely claiming a single occupier council tax discount.

The Lib Dem has always denied any wrongdoing over newspaper allegations that she had friends living with her.

She said friends stayed with her nine nights over 10 months and were only registered to vote at her home near Highbridge.

Sedgemoor District Council told that there are no criminal actions on-going or pending by investigators.

The council, which said it did not comment on individual cases, had previously confirmed it was investigating the claims against Tessa Munt.

It said it had now concluded its investigation into 749 irregularities on council tax claims across the district.

Dave Churchill, the council's revenues service manager, said in a statement on Monday: "Where incorrect or fraudulent claims are made the council will seek to recover the amounts due and will take the appropriate civil or criminal action on each case to achieve this."

"Currently, we have no criminal actions on-going or pending in regard to single person discount."

A spokesman for Tessa Munt said the MP had always maintained she had not broken the law.

Tessa Munt is pictured above being interviewed during last month's emergency services day on Burnham seafront


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