Welsh Conservatives have welcomed plans to remove the threat of a custodial sentence for the non-payment of council tax.
The plans are being brought forward by the Welsh Government, who say they want to abolish imprisonment as a sanction for non-payment of the tax.
At least 62 people from England and Wales were jailed in 2016/17 for non-payment â€“ nearly a third of them from Wales.
Welsh Conservatives have welcomed the announcement, and urged the Welsh Labour Government to take steps to reduce the burden of council tax rises; with the average bill having risen by 201% since 1997.
Shadow Local Government Secretary, Janet Finch-Saunders, said:
â€œThe criminalisation of debt is a cruel sanction â€“ particularly for people in financial difficulty â€“ so I would welcome a change to the law to end the threat of jail for people who cannot afford to pay council tax.
â€œBut itâ€™s not just about the sanctions for non-payment.
â€œThe average council tax bill in Wales has trebled since 1997, placing a huge burden on hardworking families, and making the danger of debt more likely.
â€œLabourâ€™s cuts to local authority budgets have directly contributed to rising council tax bills, and the Welsh Government should also be focusing on efforts to ensure that residents arenâ€™t being asked to pay more, whilst increasingly being forced to accept less from their council.â€�