An investigation found that almost 40 of the region’s elected councillors failed to pay their council tax bills on time, with some automatically becoming banned from carrying out related duties as a result.

At least 38 North-East councillors found themselves in arrears in recent years, according to figures released in a Freedom of Information request.

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