Tuesday, September 08, 2009
The Bin Tax - Ker-Farking-Ching!
Full marks to Nanny's chums in Leicester council who have come up with a "novel" and "amusing" method for screwing their hapless council taxpayers out of even more of their hard earned money.
The council are enforcing a wheelie bin tax which fines people whenever they break the council's rules wrt wheelie bins, eg putting the bin out on the wrong day or leaving out "too much" rubbish.
Families now face fines of £100 per adult resident.
Yes, you did read that correctly, the council will base the size of the fine on the number of adults residing at the address.
Rather amusing isn't it?
Wasn't Labour the party that so vehemently opposed the "poll tax", yet now they are levying taxes on a per head basis?
Zoe Kozlik, a student, and her three housemates had to pay £110 each to Leicester council for leaving the bin out after the decreed time.
Leicester city council said wheelie bins were blocking streets and encouraging arsonists.
Errmmm...but surely it is the local councils who have imposed the use of wheelie bins isn't it, despite protests at the time from residents who used to use ordinary bins?
The fundamental problem with the current fining system (aside from the very obvious issues) is that the authority that stands as judge, jury and executioner wrt imposing the fine also benefits from the revenue of the fine.
Thus strongly incentivising the authority (ie council) to issue even more fines.
This system, as it currently stands, is inequitable; it breaks the fundamental tenet's of a "just" and workable fine based system and indeed a "just" and workable taxation system.
It will result in a very ugly backlash against local authorities and the state. Peasants revolted a few hundred years ago over similar abuses of power.
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