A councillor has waived his right to anonymity and opened up about his struggle to pay council tax.
Conservative councillor Tony Dobson was given four reminders and two final notices to make payments varying from £217 to £1,575 between 2013 and 2015.
Coun Dobson was one of three councillors who were revealed to have failed to pay their bills on time by an Observer Freedom of Information request.
All three councillors names were exempt from disclosure, however Coun Dobson made the decision to waive his right to anonymity and explain his late payments.
Coun Dobson said: “I want to make clear, my council tax is always paid in full by the end of the financial year.”
Cound Dobson, who is now up to date with his payments, said that the main reason for the reminders was that he has had to reorganise his finances after separating from his wife and they are having to pay for two homes.
He added: “I spoke to the council about it and they were fairly laid back as long as it was paid by the end of the year.
“I am happy to put my case forward, being a councillor I do believe that we are accountable and people have a right to know. I was happy to explain my situation, we have to be seen to be beyond reproach.”
When asked if the other two councillors, referred to as ‘Councillor A’ and ‘Councillor B’, should equally explain their situation coun Dobson said that was a matter for them.
Councillor A had been given a reminder for £122.69 in 2013, which was paid in three days.
Councillor B was given two reminders, a final notice and a summons for £681 and ordered to pay £706 in monthly instalments for the 2014 to 2015 financial year.
A council spokesman said: “The Council has not disclosed the political party to which Councillors A and B belong as it considers that press and public speculation could easily make councillors feel obliged to publicly deny that they are either Councillor A or B, particularly given the relatively closeness to the local elections in May, and that this risks the identification of the individuals concerned.”
The Observer revealed in December how there had been a total of thirteen Hyndburn councillors in the past five years to have failed to pay their council tax on time. The members were not been identified and nor is it known if they are still serving.