Archive for November, 2016

Council Tax! What’s it for?

Posted: November 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

I was chatting with friends yesterday, Owen and Vanessa, and we happened to mention the latest threat to be posted through the postbox, I’m sure you’ve had one; you must register with the Council to be able to vote in any up-coming elections; upon pain of death  or you will be fined £1000.

Well we got to thinking why would the council threaten you with a fine for not registering to do something, that is a basic, fundamental Human Right.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948

Article 21.

(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but where does it say I must be registered?

The conversation took me back to a ‘chat’ I had with a council worker, a while back, before the council worker succumbed to threats from her superiors, like losing her job, being prosecuted for whistle-blowing etc.

If we step back in time to the 1980’s we may remember the fight between the then Prime-minister Mrs Thatcher and a group of councillors in Liverpool, The Militant Tendency, the most famous being Mr Derek Hatton (bless) where the government of the day changed the rules about how Council Tax was to be collected and distributed.

The new rules stated that all council tax payments were to be sent to the Treasury, put in the Big Pot, of all collected taxes, then sent back the the relevant councils, in the form of Government grant and council tax payments. The grant was based on the needs of each council to supply services, according to the number of registered citizens; the more citizens registered, the greater the grant. The ratio of grant to council tax being, 51% grant/ 49% CT, thus the councils could still provide services in the event of people refusing or being unable to pay council tax.

So the council desperately needs the people to register to retain the government grant, hence the threat of a £1000 fine. The more people refuse or just forget to register, each year, the less the grant awarded.

So to return to the question in the title of this post; What is Council Tax for?

Well according to the council worker with whom I had a ‘chat’ council tax is to pay for the wages, bonuses, expenses and pensions of the Cabinet of the council; the unaccountable cabinet, the un-elected cabinet, higher and middle managers, many of whom earn more than £100,000 per year: for instance, the council where I live has 17 board members who ‘earn’ over £100,000 per year.

Think about that for a minute, that’s ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED homes in Bolton forced to pay for just 17 board members of the Cabinet.

Plus all their non-contributory pensions.

Plus their out of pocket expenses.

And the Chief Executive gets paid £170,000, plus pension, plus expenses. Nice work if you can geddit. Eh?

So close the Libraries, close the public toilets, stop taking the disabled kids for days out, refurbish the town hall for £6M, close down adult services, stop repairing the roads, hand over a nice little bung to the Council’s favourite solicitors firm, hand over all the former council houses to a not for profit hahaha!! ‘charity’ you know it makes sense.

Fuck em, don’t bother registering.

inmate

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