A couple of years ago my old man got a well deserved pay rise at work, and because of the boundarys he actually ended up earning less money What a pile of arse!!! Council tax definatley needs a re-think
As for me, I've worked hard and paided my tax and national insurance and I dislocated my knee in january this year and was unable to work. The month before my incident i was only working about 15 hours a week because of lack of buisness, so I wasn't entitled to standard sick pay. I've tried to claim incapasity benifts and income support and initially they refused both, then they changed there system and have lost all the sick notes etc I sent with it. So 4 months down the line im having to work twice as much to catch up on payments and probabally won't see a penny of the NI i've been paying.
They try to make the ordeal stressful im sure!!!
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man coucil tax sounds a bit crappy but then i know nothing about it except what i just read. when do you have to start paying it?
As soon as you own/rent a place.
It's a lot of money. I am waiting to hear how much I'll have to pay for the incoming year but I am not looking forward to it. :down:
Ah the ideas of Henry George. I have been an advocate for Land Valuation Tax (LVT)for a number of years. It is unpopular with the rich because it is not an optional form of tax. You cannot hide land!
If the Government spends money on infrascruture and realestate increases as a direct result , is it not fair that the benifiting property owners give something back? To give an example when the Jubilee underground line was extended it cost the government £3 billion , but the collective increase in property prices with in 500 metres of one of the new tube stations went up by £13 billion. The present system makes property developers and speculators rich in their sleep. It Stinks.
The other equitable aspect of LVT is if developments make your property less desirable such as a new motorway or airport being built that is to close for comfort the land value of your property then goes down and with a corrosponding decrease in LVT - an automatic form of compensation.Quote from Milo
Well, I'm glad I'm in Band A.
From The Green Party:
Our long-term policy is to abolish the Council Tax and replace it with a system of taxing land values at a local level. This would help to encourage full use of existing properties, and penalize those who hold empty land or property for speculative purposes. Given the current housing crisis, this would be an important tool, and, being land-based, it is ideally suited for being set and collected at a local level.
We would also set up an Independent Commission to Oversee Central Redistribution in order to ensure that central government doesn't squeeze local authority funding so as to take credit for keeping general income tax levels low.
As a transitionary move towards a Land Value Tax, the Green Party would reform Council Tax by:
· ending reductions for underused properties (with the exception of the single person occupancy discount for pensioners).
· creating new Council Tax bands for more expensive properties.
· Reforming the multiplier rates to make bills more proportionate to the value of the property. This could reduce Council Tax bills for 80% of dwellings, with particularly significant reductions for those in the lowest value houses. It would consequently ensure that the Tax better reflects an ability to pay.