March 15, 2011
MP re-pays contested discount cash to district council
MP has repaid around £800 of contested single person's discount
to Sedgemoor District Council following a string of national press
Tessa Munt last year denied accusations that she had improperly
claimed council tax benefits on her constituency home.
She claimed a single residents discount even though several
men were registered on the Electoral Roll as living with her.
They were former Radio One DJ Andy Kershaw and the former spokesman
for the family of missing Madeleine McCann, David Hughes, plus
local GP Dr John Laband.
She has always denied any wrongdoing, but has now repaid the
outstanding sum owed of around £800.
The MP told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Inquiries into my claims
for single person discount on my council tax began more than a
year ago. I felt the inquiry was not progressing, was wasting
taxpayers' money and council resources. Without any new request
from the council, I recently decided to pay the contested amount
"As I have said in a number of public meetings in Somerset,
I did not claim or receive any benefits, with the exception of
child benefit during my long campaign."
"The last thing I wanted here was for the council tax payer
to pay £10,000 of legal fees, only for the matter be settled
in my favour."
A Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Monday: "We do not make comments regarding the personal
financial circumstances of customers."