Sunday, February 20
by Christine on Sun 20 Feb 2011 05:54 PM GMT
Isn’t it time for Council Tax to be Scrutinised? by Brian Jaye
This is the question that should be on every taxpayer’s mind especially in times of austerity.
Every taxpayer should reflect that this property tax is now in its eighteenth year, it is a tax which has increased more than any other method of taxation.
We have all read that it doubled under the New Labour administration, but that is not what we should be looking at. We need to look back to what you were charged in 1993/94. It is only then you arrive at the true cost to you the taxpayer.
As an example, and not using average percentages but reality, in
It is because of this I met with Robert Walter MP [Cons.] for
Isitfair feel that we should not give up our aim to achieve a Council Tax Debate in the House of Commons as apart from some passing comments by some Members of Parliament it has never been scrutinised since its inception in spite of all the problems associated with it.
Remember, when the original Council Tax Bill was presented to the House of Commons in March 1991 it included the following statements, [a] seen to be fair [b] take into account ability to pay [c] ease of collection. There are other elements within the document which certainly do not apply, such as “there will be a single bill for each household comprising two essential elements, the number of adults living there and the value of the property”, and “the system should ensure that regional variations in property values do not lead to disproportionate bills in high price areas”. Do these principles exist today? Simply, No! With regards to “ease of collection” 1.2 million court summonses were issued in
We therefore request all our members to contact their Members of Parliament requesting them to place before the Backbenchers’ Business Committee a request for Council Tax to be debated in the House of Commons.
More can be found on this subject www.isitfair.co.uk
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