Who Thinks A Penny Of This Money Would Go Towards Tax Cuts?

January 21, 2014 3 Comments
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Ministers today demanded that London’s town halls tackle their colossal £642million in council tax arrears – an average of £188 per household.

They warned that council tax bills could be pushed up, or frontline services cut, because of failure to collect payments.

I suspect the likelihood is that that’d happen even if the money somehow magically materialised in the council coffers, don’t you?

“Every penny of council tax that isn’t collected means higher bills for the law-abiding taxpayers who pay their bills on time,” said local government minister Brandon Lewis.

“Every household in London could get a cheque back for an average of £188 if this tax evasion was tackled.”

Heh! I admire your starry-eyed optimism, Brandon.

Hackney had the highest arrears per dwelling, at £403, according to Department for Communities figures, followed by Haringey at £313 and Hounslow at £306.

Gosh. There’s something that’s common to all those councils, and I just can’t quite put my finger on it…

London Councils, which represents 33 local authorities, insisted they were the “best in the country” at ensuring council tax is paid by those who can afford to do so.

Hmmm. A nice little caveat there?

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3 Responses to Who Thinks A Penny Of This Money Would Go Towards Tax Cuts?

  1. Ed P
    January 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Is that the new criterion? No-one in their right mind can,”afford to do so”, knowing the level of waste, mismanagement, pointless bureaucratic mess and general inefficiency at which councils operate.

    • January 25, 2014 at 6:28 am

      Spot on!

  2. Furor Teutonicus
    January 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

    XX Gosh. There’s something that’s common to all those councils, and I just can’t quite put my finger on it… XX

    Cathing AIDS from your camel and passing it on to your Mother and Sisters, by any chance?

    Mentioning no particular group, of COURSE!

    I mean, there is no law forbiding Poles or Japanese from owning camels.

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