'I won't pay a penny of my council tax'
THE leader of The Grimsby Generalist Party has vowed not to pay his council tax to North East Lincolnshire Council, in protest at rising taxes during the recession.
As reported, the council raised the annual council tax by three-and-a-quarter per cent from last month and now James Stinson has said he will not pay it.
Anyone living in a Band A property saw their tax bill go up to between £990 to £1,000, depending on the parish in the borough in which they live.
Mr Stinson has branded the rise as "ludicrous" because he has to pay £992 for a one-bedroom first-floor flat – while earning little more than £12,000 a year.
He said: "I refuse to pay a penny – no matter the consequences.
"This council has taken money from us and we have hardly seen any benefit from it at all.
"Until we see an improvement in facilities and the council as a whole, I feel it is time to stand up and say, 'No more – do better or get out'.
"I do not ask any citizen to join me in my protest, as the risk of not paying council tax is a prison sentence.
"However, I am willing to take this risk on behalf of every citizen in the country who is fed up and annoyed with their tax rises and local authorities.
"This clearly shows the council does not understand, care or relate to the needs and current situations of the citizens it is supposed to represent.
"During a time of national economic crisis, it is imperative the people of North East Lincolnshire and Britain are given relief from the rising cost of living.
"It is time for someone to stand up for the people, represent the real current situation to out-of-touch officials and call for a break in tax rises.
"I am refusing to pay the extortionate, crippling and disgusting council tax in my area – in protest at this council and in support of the hard-working citizens of North East Lincolnshire and the country."
Mr Stinson, 21, of Wigmore Court, Grimsby, who works as a manager at KFC in Grimsby, started up his party just over a year ago.
He contested the Sidney Sussex ward and gained 112 votes.
Meanwhile, former chairman and parliamentary candidate for The Generalist Party, George Georgiou, has resigned from the party.
The Generalist Party has campaigned to end corruption in politics and aims to overturn the monopoly of power by the main parties.
Mr Stinson said: "No matter if it is Labour, Conservatives or Lib-Dem, they all spout the same rubbish.
"We are a party of conviction and strong beliefs."
A spokesman for North East Lincolnshire Council said it had written to Mr Stinson to warn him of the consequences of not paying his council tax.
It could result in a summons to Grimsby Magistrates' Court. The maximum penalty for willful non-payment of council tax is a prison sentence.That could be anything up to 90 days and can be immediate or deferred.
But an authority has first to apply to court for a liability order.
An authority has a range of out-of-court sanctions including an attachment of earnings or power to send in bailiffs to seize property in lieu of payment.
Find out more
For more information about council tax, visit North East Lincolnshire Council's website at www.nelincs.gov.uk
For general advice and information about council tax, visit www.adviceguide.org.uk
For more information on The Generalist Party, visit www.generalistparty.co.uk