"Everyone who feels aggrieved about the present system of council tax which consistently takes a higher percentage of our incomes
should take a look at isitfair.co.uk to see how the system works.
LOCAL RATES - most dwellings are subject to what is more correctly known as Council Tax.
Each dwelling has been allocated a valuation band according to it's open market value at 1st.April 1991.
On 1st.April 1993 the Council Tax replaced the then Community Charge as the local tax set by Purbeck District Council as a means to pay for local services.
The Council Tax quoted below
applies to a dwelling where 2 or more adults (age 18+) live. If there is only
1 adult a discount of 25% may apply. If nobody lives in the dwelling (ie. a second home),
a discount of 50% may apply. There are a number of persons and dwelling that are exempt
from Council Tax, you should consult the council if you believe such exemption applies
to you and/or that dwelling.
NB It should be noted that some parishes will find the Council Tax percentage increase smaller.
An analogy has been drawn here between the annual increase in the Council Tax and the annual increase in a Single State Pension which is all a lot of people have for income. The significant difference between the two figures beggars belief.
For the years 1993-94 to 2009-10, Council Tax has trebled and the Pension less than doubled. Where does all this money go ?
Will the soon to be reviewed valuations be a mechanism to extract more of our hard-earned cash, will we all soon be bankrupt?
Many folk are well into the category of having to choose very carefully where to spend their money. Do they starve to death, freeze to death, or get a free cell in prison for not paying their Council Tax. Whilst food prices have not increased significantly over the last decade or so, Council Tax, Gas and Electricity have jumped quite dramatically. Actual and threatened increases in the prices of Gas and Electricty in the last year are quite beyond belief.
NB. The information on this page is derived from Purbeck District Council, and other publications, and does not guarantee to be translated accurately.
For official enquiries contact:
Purbeck District Council, Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4PP
Telephone: 01929-556561, Fax: 01929-552688, Internet: www.purbeck-dc.gov.uk
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