Tuesday, January 17, 2006
How To Reduce Your Council Tax Bill - II
It does seem that poor old John Prescott, Nanny's Smooth Talking Bar Steward, has more than a little trouble with his council tax.
As noted earlier on this site, he managed to "forget" to pay tax on one of his properties (I do hope that his many Jaguars are fully taxed!); now it seems he is in hot water over his other properties.
Sad to be so burdened with so many properties!
Anyhoo, the Smooth Talking Bar Steward is now under pressure to reveal whether he has reclaimed the cost of the council tax on his family home in Hull.
The Bar Steward has presided over a 76% increase in council tax since Nanny came to office, during this time he had managed not to pay council tax since 1997 on his official London residence.
This being the Nanny state, when one person can't/won't pay the poor old taxpayer is left to foot the bill. In this particular case, it means that we have forked out almost £4K for the Bar Steward's £2.3m apartment in Admiralty House.
Now one small point there, before I go on, £4K over 9 years?
Doesn't that seem a little on the low side?
Is it possible, I wonder, if the dear old Bar Steward's house has been put in the wrong tax valuation band?
I know my humble property in Croydon, approximately 10 times less in value than the Bar Steward's, attracts a council tax of over £1K per year..something smells there.
Anyhoo, other questions are now being raised, eg about the tax he pays for the benefit in kind he enjoys from living in a government-owned flat in central London. One tax accountant suggested he should pay £46K a year.
Additionally, the situation with his family home is still not clear. The Bar Steward has claimed that he had been paying council tax on his Hull constituency home, an eight-bedroom turreted residence on the outskirts of the city.
Officials insist that the tax has been paid at the "full rate", not at the discounted second-home rate, but they refuse to say whether he subsequently claims the money back as a "parliamentary expense". If Prescott's house is in Hull city council's top band, it will be liable for council tax at £2,285.
The Bar Steward also has the use of an official country residence, Dorneywood in Buckinghamshire, the council tax for which is paid by the charitable trust that looks after the house.
Some of you may feel that the Bar Steward is being allowed to get away with murder (as it were).
However, in Nanny's Britain, Nanny doesn't give a fuck for you or I. Nanny will take whatever she can get away with.
Don't forget to buy the Bollocks To The Bar Steward T shirts folks. The revnue earned will pay my council tax!