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Iain Archie Macneil from South Uist owes a council tax debt to the comhairle for
The outstanding sum of £14,446 was run up before he stood for election as councillor
for the Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eiriosgaigh agus Uibhist a Deas ward in May.
Some 30 councillors in Scotland are in arrears but Mr Macneil has run up the highest
Under the law he is banned from voting over setting the islands’ council tax rates.
The Local Government Finance Act says councillors with arrears over two months can
be fined up to £1000 if they vote on any question regarding setting the level of
Mr MacNeil said: “Over the years a number of unfortunate circumstances have arisen
that have been very difficult for me and my family and have contributed to this situation.
“However, I fully appreciate that this is not a legitimate excuse.”
He added: “I am committed to paying the arrears in full and have arranged for deductions
to be made from my comhairle salary.”
A comhairle spokesperson said: “The comhairle’s normal debt recovery procedures are
“While we would never discuss individual cases, councillors in arrears are treated
no differently to any other resident.”
Council tax arrears councillor restricted from voting
16 August 2017
Cllr Iain Archie Macneil
An island councillor is banned from voting on council tax issues until he pays off
his own arrears of over £14,000.