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It’s back and, depressingly, the figure is even bigger than last time.
Welcome again to the world of waste. In this new edition of The Bumper Book, Matthew Elliott and Lee Rotherham have unearthed a staggering £101 billion of government misspending – all paid for by you, the taxpayer.
It’s such an enormous figure it is difficult to get one’s head around it. What could be done with £101 billion? Well, you could for example, paper the entire East Midlands and London with £5 notes, and still have a few billion left over to build one hell of a crane from which to admire your handiwork. Or even convert the £101 billion into one penny coins, pile them on top of each other, and reach the moon and back five times.
But perhaps more usefully, the government could cut the tax burden of every household by over £4,000 a year.
Mind blowing isn’t it?
Here are just a few examples of where all of that money has gone:
But then it’s hardly a surprise that they don’t have a tight grip on our finances when you see an official statistic from the government, claiming that an impressive 102% of all 3 year olds are in nursery school. With this level of numeracy, no wonder we’re in trouble!
If you’re a British taxpayer, you need to read this book – even though it will hurt.
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Bravo to TPA supporter Cllr Wendy Nevard. She put a motion to New Romney Town Council calling for council tax rates to be frozen next year and reduced in the following years. Yet only two other councillors supported her motion, the other nine opposed and defeated the motion. That’s three-quarters of New Romney Town Council practically endorsing yet another rise in council tax. What are they thinking?
In today’s Metro newspaper, we warn that council tax is to increase by £370 by 2013. Councils must rein in their spending and eliminate the waste we find going on in our Town Halls day-in-day-out or more and more people will suffer because they simply cannot pay this hated tax.
They have good reason to hate this tax because local government rife with waste. From Shepway District Council’s Website, the following is a breakdown of where New Romney’s council tax goes after the 4.72% increase last year:
“For every £1 you pay in Council Tax, 69.0p will go to Kent County Council, 8.8p to Kent Police Authority, 4.4p to Kent Fire and Rescue Service and only 17.8p is retained for Shepway District Council, Town and Parish Councils and Special Expenses.”
Obviously a great chunk goes to Kent County Council. Where else would they get the money for a £1.1million communications and self-promotion budget as well as an EXTRA £48,000 of your money to be put to increasing Kent County Council’s ‘coherence’ in its self promotion. That’s just ONE instance of the numerous amounts of waste and inefficiency going on at our expense.
Let’s put it like this – if the money is there, any government body will spend it. If there’s any left over, they’ll waste it. It’s just a shame New Romney Town Council has voted to give the district council and county council the nod to increase New Romney’s council tax and, if past performance is anything to judge them by, to waste it too.
The Mayor of New Romney, Clive Wire, stood in opposition to the motion and called the motion “impertinent”. You’re wrong Cllr. Wire. Our council tax is too high Cllr. Wire. Spending is too high Cllr. Wire. So why are you supporting yet more increases in Council Tax?
And he wasn’t alone.
Those voting against the Motion were:
Cllr. Clive Wire
Cllr. Patricia Rolfe
Cllr. Tony Hills
Cllr. Roger Joynes
Cllr. Alan Snoad
Cllr. Jane Hiscock
Cllr. Sally Maycock
Cllr. June Newton
These people are not supporting the interests of local council taxpayers and we have to hold them to account.
You can contact them and the high-taxing Mayor of New Romney on 01797 362 348. You can also write to them at:
But…we also have our heroes, those who bravely stood up for the British Taxpayer. Those voting for the motion to freeze our council tax are:
Cllr. Wendy Nevard
Cllr. Malcolm Dyer
Cllr. Peter Kennett
So feel free to congratulate them by writing to the same address.
Finally, thank you to Cllr Wendy Nevard who put forward this motion and Cllr’s Dyer and Kennett who supported the motion. It’s up to all of us now to make that stand against council tax increases. So write to your councillors, be they parish, town, district or county councillors and ask them now to oppose increases in council tax before the budgets are voted on and the bills hit out mats. We have to act now so we don’t get taxed later.
In the UK as a whole, public spending has climbed to 44.1 per cent of GDP, 15th highest in the OECD and the same level as Germany. But in some regions, the share is well over 50 per cent. In Northern Ireland, a Soviet level of 70.5 per cent of GDP goes on state expenditure, while public spending as a share of regional income is higher in Wales, the North East, Scotland and the North West than in France, the OECD country with the highest share of public spending overall.
By contrast, public spending in the economically successful London and the South East is 31.4 per cent and 33.5 per cent respectively – below the level in Ireland, Australia and the US.
As the Times comments: "It is no coincidence that economic success in London and southeast England is partnered by smaller state incursions." Exactly.
PRE-BUDGET REPORT PROJECTS COUNCIL TAX RISE OF ALMOST 30 PER CENT OVER NEXT FIVE YEARS
HUGE RISE EQUIVALENT TO £370 PER YEAR FOR A BAND D PROPERTY IN ENGLAND
Buried in the small print of the Pre-Budget Report is some very worrying news for council taxpayers, who have already seen council tax almost double over the last decade:
Matthew Sinclair, Policy Analyst at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“These new rises will mean more pain for council taxpayers, particularly retired people who are the ones that suffer most from this unfair tax. With no clear accountability for council tax rises it is too easy for government to blame councils and councils to blame government when big new bills land on people’s doormats. Taxpayers need a cut in council tax not inflation-busting increases.”
The Financial Times reports that Hong Kong will cut corporate and salary taxes by 1 percentage point to 16.5 and 15 per cent respectively.
This really isn’t surprising. The Hong Kong government knows how to maintain the city’s world-leading position, although the tax cuts have only used a small portion of last year’s financial surplus. It’s also true that a few years ago Hong Kong raised tax rates slightly.
But at least they are now being reduced. If only national insurance contributions could also come down again.