Prisons in parliament

How many people go to prison for defaulting on council tax? 


Council tax default: What’s the price? Source, Philip Taylor


Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Get it all here. 

Prison sentences 

How many people are sent to prison for (a) non-payment of council tax, (b) watching television broadcasts without a television licence and (c) tax evasion? Asked Jim McMahon MP

Sam Gyimah, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, explained:

1)Non-payment of council tax is not a criminal offence. The local authority must first apply for a liability order. If still not paid, the LA can then apply for a prison warrant.


Source: Hansard


2) Watching television broadcasts without a television licence is also a criminal offence, it has a maximum penalty of a fine.


3) The number of offenders sentenced to immediate custody for tax evasion


Source: Hansard


Private provider performance

Louise Hague asked how much has been levied in financial remedies over performance between the ministry of justice and HM Prison Featherstone since 2011.

“Private providers play an important role in the prison estate” said Mr Gyimah, adding that “Performance of all providers is closely monitored and we will not hesitate to take action where standards fall short.”

Mr Gyimah referred in his answer, to a table with a full break down of fines. This table does not appear to be publicly available.



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