Sunday, Nov 26, 2006

Council Tax Re-Banding Looms

Telegraph: Show your local authority the front door over higher charges

Perhaps the main reason why NL loves house-prices going up and up - new council tax will be 1% of house value.

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1. paul said...

Council tax is to pay for things like policing (or rather ageing policemens' pensions), fire service and street lighting and refuse collection. What has that got to do with the value of the house that you own or rent?

There will be trouble - I can't see residents being accommodating to local council representatives knocking on their doors to make valuations. Having said that it will leave a very bad taste in the mouth for buyers knowing that their tax bill will potentially triple etc.

Sunday, November 26, 2006 08:20PM Report Comment
 

2. sovietuk said...

New Labour Scum

Sunday, November 26, 2006 09:39PM Report Comment
 

3. Enuii said...

What happens when the value of your house goes down! I bet that your Council tax won't!

Sunday, November 26, 2006 10:05PM Report Comment
 

4. Surfgatinho said...

What about those of us who rent. F*****d if I'm paying for someone elses paper profits.

Sunday, November 26, 2006 11:26PM Report Comment
 

5. Nohpc said...

Totally unfair tax. As said before a lot of people with big value houses don't actually have any wealth as they have owned them for a long time.

Instead of this they should focus more on collecting council tax from people who never pay. If I miss one council tax bill I get 3 red letters through the door withint one week yet there are people who never pay their entire lives and the council leaves them because they know they are scum and will never get any money out of them. It is these same people who are the can work won't work. Why should homeowners work harder yet again to subsidise them?

Monday, November 27, 2006 01:03AM Report Comment
 

6. uncle chris said...

With the Welsh rebanding last year we were told that it wasn't meant to generate more income - i.e. as many upgrades as downgrades. As it worked out there were 30% more band increases than decreses - i.e. a massive rise in council tax bills. More Labour-lies I'm afraid from a government that has successfully pulled politics down into the gutter. I feel more 'poll tax'-like protests on the horizon, as the people I know are really getting fed up with the tax rises now and seeing it squndered by councils and hospital managers.

Monday, November 27, 2006 11:56AM Report Comment
 

7. tyrellcorporation said...

Sadly Uncle Chris I feel the British public are now domesticated to oblivion. Their brains have been rotted by Big Brother, Corrie, Emerdale, East Enders and the Celebrity obsessed media. No amount of hardship will get anyone out of their Dorito encrusted armchair and onto the scum ridden streets.... well maybe a world shortage of Dorito's or a pernicious Dorito tax!

Monday, November 27, 2006 12:30PM Report Comment
 

8. sovietuk said...

Council tax based on 1% of house value - a call to arms.

Monday, November 27, 2006 12:34PM Report Comment
 

9. tyrellcorporation said...

C'mon guys, those public sector pensions and Diversity "Re-Training' Operatives don't come cheap ya know...

Monday, November 27, 2006 01:59PM Report Comment
 

10. P. Doff said...

Personally, I always thought the Poll Tax was fair. I mean why should my wife and I (with our modest income) subsidise a house full of chavs just because we have a frugal lifestyle and have spent our money on a nice home instead of beer, fags and plasma TVs. Still, the majority of the country obviously disagreed if the protests are anything to go by. I suppose I should be thankful that our house (in Wales) stayed in the same band!!!

Monday, November 27, 2006 02:31PM Report Comment
 

11. Dohousescrashinthewoods said...

Ludicrous, greedy or just plain desperate.

The British public aren't he only ones in debt - Gordon' public sector net borrowing must be haemorrhaging the economy and people and businesses (let's not forget that businesses pay salaries that support people) are being bled dry as a result.

40% of GDP in tax? It's outrageous!

Monday, November 27, 2006 03:18PM Report Comment
 

12. talking rot said...

I recall (possibly incorrectly) that Denmark has a housing tax based on 1% (or so) of house value. It generates sufficient local income to pay for most services (although I don't know what counts as local Services in Denmark). In addition, it has kept the housing market relative stable and benign. Sadly, people who don't earn much but whose house has appreciated beyond their means, have to move. This drawback is less of a disadvantage then a generation of young people who stand more chance of growing a second hole in their bottom then of buying a place to live.

This post comes with a big health warning. It is not sensible to debate the benefit of housing tax without consideration of the wider tax environment. I could be barking up the wrong tree.

Monday, November 27, 2006 07:16PM Report Comment
 

13. Rimmer said...

While i dont want to see 1% go through someone has to pay, the gap left when Maggie cut the rates of all her buddies from tens of thousands a year to effectively pennies ( she did the same with the tax for her mates as well ) has now caught up - what goes around comes around and some one has to pay soon, i would rather my mate with his 850000 house actually stumped up his fair share, he pays "now" about 1/4 of what he would have 25 years ago!

Monday, November 27, 2006 09:17PM Report Comment
 

14. monty said...

Fair comment TR. The recent debate over excise duty has highlighted this too. Folk in the UK calling for open trade in booze and baccy seem to be ignoring the fact that most Europeans pay higher income taxes.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 08:50AM Report Comment
 

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