Council Tax: Unpaid Taxes

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 25th November 2015.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last three years, what was the estimated cost to the public purse of people being imprisoned for defaulting on payment of their council tax.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

This information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The department routinely publishes average costs per prisoner and prison place based on actual net resource expenditure for each private and public sector prison, and in summary form the whole of the prison estate in England and Wales on an annual basis after the end of each financial year. These can be found on

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