The Saltire must fly above council offices every day and unpaid poll tax debts should be written off, SNP councillors have said.
Two motions are being submitted to next week’s meeting of Argyll and Bute’s policy and resources committee by members of the SNP group.
The total unpaid poll tax or community charge owed to Argyll and Bute Council is more than £7.5m, although most of this is subject to ‘prescription’, since the debts are more than 20 years old.
A motion by Helensburgh councillor James Robb calls for the authority to stop chasing these debts, and also to refund all poll tax arrears payments made since October 2 – that figure is currently £10.
Cllr Robb has also seconded a motion from Bute’s Isobel Strong which calls for the Saltire to be flown every day of the year apart from those specified in the council’s ‘flags policy’.
A council spokesperson made the following comment on the current situation concerning poll tax debt: “For those debts not yet prescribed we will continue to collect in the normal fashion. The council is considering writing off community charge debts but as yet no decision has been made.
“Our council tax team receives regular monthly updates of the electoral register, which is then used to ensure the council tax register is accurate; this will continue as normal.”
Seven of the council’s 36 members are SNP representatives – the party won a by-election in Oban last week; it won 12 seats in the 2012 elections but has been hit by a series of resignations.