Boris Johnson could have bailiffs knock at No10 over £535 unpaid debt
Boris Johnson could face having his wages docked or a visit from bailiffs after it emerged the Prime Minister has been served a county court judgment over a £535 debt that has not been repaid, official records show.
County court judgment documents show there is an “unsatisfied record” registered to the Prime Minister at “10 Downing Street”.
The Government’s website warns that if a judgement is not paid the person or business owed money can arrange for bailiffs to be sent to collect it.
An order can also be issued that would mean the debt is paid through wages being docked, Gov.UK states.
Unless the debt is paid within a month of the judgement being served, it will be placed on Mr Johnson’s credit record for six years which can make it difficult for a person to access loans or mortgages.
The date of the judgment, which was first revealed by Private Eye magazine, is 26 October last year but the nature of the debt is not included.
It comes as the Prime Minster faced awkward questions around his finances and the funding of recent Downing Street refurbishments.
The Electoral Commission is already investigating whether any donation made to pay for the works was properly declared.
Mr Johnson has denied any wrongdoing and insisted he personally paid for the lavish refurbishments, but has declined to say whether he received an initial loan.
Downing Street has insisted the debt is not linked to the renovation.
“I have seen that report, we are looking into this issue,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said. “I can confirm it is nothing to do with the refurbishment of the Downing Street estate, where all such bills have been duly paid either by the Government or the Prime Minister personally.”
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone is also looking into whether Mr Johnson properly declared the £15,000 stay on the luxury Caribbean hideaway.
Ms Stone confirmed earlier this week that she is inquiring into whether the Prime Minister has properly declared the holiday and will consider whether Mr Johnson had breached the Commons code of conduct specifying MPs must be “open and frank in drawing attention to any relevant interest”.
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said: “This is not about Boris Johnson’s personal finances, the record speaks for itself that he has already broken the rules on declaring his financial interests, and he is already under investigation regarding potentially illegal wrongdoing.
“The issue of debt when it comes to the Prime Minister is whatever debt of gratitude Boris Johnson owes to the Tory donor who paid to renovate his flat, and what this donor or donors were promised or expected in return for their generosity.”