It taxes common sense

First published in Letters by

I FULLY agree with the protesters against a rise in the York council tax of two per cent next year.

On the last council tax statement, Coun James Alexander talks about the need for tough budget cuts due to central Government reductions in funding.

Council workers have lost their jobs – not only in York but across the country. The council collects approximately £75 million in council tax and the balance of expenditure is funded by various grants.

A two per cent rise in council tax will therefore raise approximately £1.5 million in extra revenue. At a time of austerity when so many people are suffering, our council is trying to impose a 20mph driving limit across the city at an approximate cost of circa £600,000, some 40 per cent of the council tax rise.

Supporters suggest that a 20mph limit is widely supported. Nobody I have spoken to supports this new limit.

According to the Department for Transport, in the City of Portsmouth, which introduced a blanket 20mph limit across the city several years ago, the number of casualties resulting in death or serious injury rose from 91 to 143 between 2010 and 2011 – an increase of 57 per cent, so the arguments regarding safety do not stand up.

Tony Taylor, Grassholme, Woodthorpe, York.

 

• IT IS disappointing that, instead of responding to residents’ concerns about another hike in council tax, which has already risen substantially in York over the past decade, Coun James Alexander has chosen to attack the TaxPayers’ Alliance for organising a protest against the planned higher taxes.

He accused the TPA of sending 49 Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to the council in the past year. The reality is that we have made around five requests.

We use FOI requests to find out how taxpayers’ money is being spent.

Without our research, readers would not have found out York council is spending taxpayers’ money subsidising trade unions at a cost of more than £185,000 a year. Your readers would not have found out the council pays staff mileage rates of 52.2p a mile instead of maximum rate allowed by HMRC as a genuine expense, at 45p a mile.

If Coun Alexander really wanted to look out for residents’ interests, he would take advantage of our research to find savings that can be passed on to residents struggling with their council tax bills.

Instead he prefers to raise council tax and smear those who oppose his plans.

Andrew Allison, National grassroots coordinator, TaxPayers’ Alliance, Tufton Street, London.

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11:46am Thu 29 Nov 12

The Great Buda says...

The Tax Payers Alliance are a bunch of self-serving rich people who think they shouldn't have to pay their fair share.
The Tax Payers Alliance are a bunch of self-serving rich people who think they shouldn't have to pay their fair share. The Great Buda
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1:25pm Thu 29 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

Well, certainly CofYC are spending their fair share and palming the bill for it onto us. Quite where this additional tax is coming from I don't know.
Freedom of Information does not allow you to know everything. For example, the BBC have spent your licence fee in protecting the 'Eco Warriors' (Green Activists) 28 gate who made the BBC go Green without any balance. These names they called the best scientific advice available are however available on the Internet. Perhaps some more digging with regard to JA and his sinking York ship would be worthwhile?
Well, certainly CofYC are spending their fair share and palming the bill for it onto us. Quite where this additional tax is coming from I don't know. Freedom of Information does not allow you to know everything. For example, the BBC have spent your licence fee in protecting the 'Eco Warriors' (Green Activists) 28 gate who made the BBC go Green without any balance. These names they called the best scientific advice available are however available on the Internet. Perhaps some more digging with regard to JA and his sinking York ship would be worthwhile? ColdAsChristmas
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1:45pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Zetkin says...

The Great Buda is dead right about the so-called Tax Payers Alliance.

I say so-called because at least one of its leaders pays no tax whoatsoever in Britain.

Tax Avoiders Alliance would be a more honest name for their special interest group.
The Great Buda is dead right about the so-called Tax Payers Alliance. I say so-called because at least one of its leaders pays no tax whoatsoever in Britain. Tax Avoiders Alliance would be a more honest name for their special interest group. Zetkin
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6:01pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Ichabod76 says...

Zetkin wrote:
The Great Buda is dead right about the so-called Tax Payers Alliance.

I say so-called because at least one of its leaders pays no tax whoatsoever in Britain.

Tax Avoiders Alliance would be a more honest name for their special interest group.
you two must pay more tax than you are required ?
what generous souls you are
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: The Great Buda is dead right about the so-called Tax Payers Alliance. I say so-called because at least one of its leaders pays no tax whoatsoever in Britain. Tax Avoiders Alliance would be a more honest name for their special interest group.[/p][/quote]you two must pay more tax than you are required ? what generous souls you are Ichabod76
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12:13pm Fri 30 Nov 12

The Great Buda says...

Actually, as it happens, your not wrong.
Actually, as it happens, your not wrong. The Great Buda
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12:25pm Fri 30 Nov 12

E=MC^2 says...

The so called Taxpayers alliance is not interested in fairer taxes only less taxes. Someone should be asking seriuos questions on who funds the TPA. And should make an FOI request to government asking for details of any ministerial contacts with them.
The so called Taxpayers alliance is not interested in fairer taxes only less taxes. Someone should be asking seriuos questions on who funds the TPA. And should make an FOI request to government asking for details of any ministerial contacts with them. E=MC^2
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12:54pm Fri 30 Nov 12

inthesticks says...

Do it - anyone can make a FOI request.
Do it - anyone can make a FOI request. inthesticks
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3:58pm Fri 30 Nov 12

capt spaulding says...

The Great Buda wrote:
The Tax Payers Alliance are a bunch of self-serving rich people who think they shouldn't have to pay their fair share.
Your letter says far more about you than the taxpayers alliance.
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: The Tax Payers Alliance are a bunch of self-serving rich people who think they shouldn't have to pay their fair share.[/p][/quote]Your letter says far more about you than the taxpayers alliance. capt spaulding
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4:10pm Fri 30 Nov 12

capt spaulding says...

If James Alexander can pop in to the Phillpine Embassy in London to make contacts and gather flood information forging links etc , and then big it up in the press giving all the indication that an all expenses paid visit to Manilla is in the offing then yes we certainly need a taxpayers alliance to bring him to book.

Interestingly the comments on the piece were pulled about lunch time.
So no further comments were allowed .
Then he goes into tweet mode to complain about comments people make about him.

If your spending our money we have a right to question the ways you go about it and what on.
I
If James Alexander can pop in to the Phillpine Embassy in London to make contacts and gather flood information forging links etc , and then big it up in the press giving all the indication that an all expenses paid visit to Manilla is in the offing then yes we certainly need a taxpayers alliance to bring him to book. Interestingly the comments on the piece were pulled about lunch time. So no further comments were allowed . Then he goes into tweet mode to complain about comments people make about him. If your spending our money we have a right to question the ways you go about it and what on. I capt spaulding
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4:21pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Ichabod76 says...

capt spaulding wrote:
The Great Buda wrote:
The Tax Payers Alliance are a bunch of self-serving rich people who think they shouldn't have to pay their fair share.
Your letter says far more about you than the taxpayers alliance.
It appears that The Great Buda is the only person in the country that willingly pays more tax than he has too !

certainly not someone who takes more in benefits than they contribute their the real good guy's
[quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: The Tax Payers Alliance are a bunch of self-serving rich people who think they shouldn't have to pay their fair share.[/p][/quote]Your letter says far more about you than the taxpayers alliance.[/p][/quote]It appears that The Great Buda is the only person in the country that willingly pays more tax than he has too ! certainly not someone who takes more in benefits than they contribute their the real good guy's Ichabod76
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7:39pm Fri 30 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

Further to that, Buda has no complaint about the rising levels of Green taxes we are being scammed with.
Further to that, Buda has no complaint about the rising levels of Green taxes we are being scammed with. ColdAsChristmas
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9:58am Sat 1 Dec 12

capt spaulding says...

Time will tell if the Thailand thread was nonsence.

But looking at it another way, I wonder if J A would dare to go ahead with a jolly there now.
Time will tell if the Thailand thread was nonsence. But looking at it another way, I wonder if J A would dare to go ahead with a jolly there now. capt spaulding
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