MP Tessa Munt 'faces council tax probe'
MP is reportedly facing police action over allegations that she
falsely claimed a council tax discount while sharing her house
with a DJ, according to a national press article today (Sunday,
The Mail On Sunday reports that Tessa Munt is locked
in a row with Sedgemoor District Council after staff accused her
of pretending to be a single occupant even though
BBC broadcaster Andy Kershaw and a GP were living there.
The newspaper reports that an investigation discovered that Mr
Kershaw was registered to vote at her house in Somerset at a time
when he admitted he was on the run from authorities
on the Isle of Man over a broken restraining order.
Council tax rates are based on at least two adults living in a
property, therefore if a person says they live alone, the bill
is reduced by a quarter.
Mrs Munt, who won her seat at May's General Election, insists
that she has already explained herself to the council.
tells the newspaper: "Andy is an old friend of mine who came
over for a holiday." She said she offered GP John Laband
a place to stay briefly as his wife was filing for
District Council Leader Duncan McGinty told the Mail On Sunday:
"The council will seek to ensure that all money due is paid
if necessary by informing the police."
council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Sunday
morning: "Due to our obligations under the Data Protection
Act, we cannot say anything about individual cases."