Ok... so I've just had my council tax bill through. I'm really REALLY annoyed - I had a payment plan all arranged with them, and now they say they've cancelled that agreement because I've not kept up to date with my payments. Now, this is after I let them know that I wouldn't be able to pay them and I'd catch up as soon as was possible for me. Not only that, but I'm trying to pay two bills - one for this year, one for last year and the one that Asa left me with, which has been the BIG sticking point, fortunately I managed to clear not very long ago. But in total I still owe them nearly Â£270 - this is AFTER having paid them Â£300 odd and then being told I still owed Â£300 more when I was told I'd cleared all of the debts. So... NOW they want me to pay Â£96 by the 28th... and then only three days later, they want me to pay up Â£170!! There is no way I can afford to pay that and they know it - oh and get this... our council tax has gone up. AGAIN!!! You know this area has seen our council tax rise by something like 30% since labour came into power. Can you guess who I'll not be voting for again? Good grief - in my line of vision I can see about 40 houses. Each pays at least Â£800 a year in council tax (Mine is just under Â£900) ok so you're looking at a rough estimate of Â£32,000 to Â£36,000 just from my line of vision. That will pay for ONE man to pick up litter for a year. And even then there are some weeks they don't even show up to do their jobs. But apparently "Moray Council provides efficient services in the area". Pull the other one. If they did that, we'd have good roads, better lighting (the streetlight outside my house was broken a month ago and STILL hasn't been fixed), I would have decent water running in my taps and sure as hell we wouldn't have to wait a month to get our bins emptied. We all know that the money just goes straight into fatcats pockets and nowhere near local services. So why do we have to pay so much? People in my position are just being sucked dry - I wonder if any of them have had to try to raise a kid, pay for gas, electricity, telephone, food, clothes, shoes and travel expenses on just Â£80 a week? It can be done, yes, but with some serious difficulty. And they wonder why this area has the highest debt levels? We have the lowest wage:highest council tax ratio in the whole of the UK. Oh it makes me so MAD!!!!
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2/18/05 at 1:23am