Monday, 17 March 2008


It fell through the letterbox and at £1242.16 has only gone up 4.1% The only problem about these percentage increases is that I have to find real money to pay them and 4.1% on sums in excess of £1,000 are serious increases. In 1998 my Council Tax Bill from TDC was £634.59 and at this rate will be £2360 by 2018.

You will be pleased to know that on a modest salary of £15,378 I will now pay £1998 in Income Tax, £1118 in National Insurance and £1242.16 in Council Tax. So from my pay I am directly taxed £4358 which equates to 28% of income without even considering the Government's take on my petrol, cigs and wine etc in indirect taxation.

Yes , my pips are squeaking but, you might have noticed that with a National Median (average) wage of £23, 764 and with the bottom 10% earning less than £13,104, my salary is at the lower end of national earnings. So how does a Labour Government deal with me as a low-income earner with no children to support and not in my dotage yet? Yes you have guessed it, they tax me more! The loss of that 10% rate will cost me an extra £22.60 in tax this coming year. So increase the taxes of the 'poor' seems to be the order of the day!

No wonder I resent this Government for its lies and hypocrisy and its paying of UK rates of child benefit for Polish children living in Poland. What happened to fair taxation?


Anonymous said...

Er, your modesty's also showing old bean. I'd whip that Council Tax bill off if I were you.

bertie biggles said...

We 'poor' aviators have to live modestly, dear chap. Eastcliff Mansions are out of the question until 'mater' pops it.

sue said...

Can anyone tell me why Expenditure on Chief Executive has risen from £269,000 in 2007/08 to £1,267,000 in 2008/09? (page 20 of your TDC pamphlet) I make that a million quid more.

bertie biggles said...

Not a clue,Sue, I am afraid. I will try and find out.

sue said...
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sue said...

The reply I received is that the figure should read 1,269. But I distinctly remember last years net expenditure figure for Chief Executive being £269,000 up from 60odd thousand.
If the figure should be 1,269 then that would mean the total net expenditure in the coming year is less than last year.

Bertie Biggles said...

Have taken advice 11.01 partially.
Sue, I am now thoroughly confused.

sue said...

What it amounts to is that spending on "Chief Executive has risen from £60,000 in 2006/7 to
£1,267,000 2 years later.
Financial services, now called "resources " has risen from
£200,000 in 2006/7 to £2,851,000,
while expenditure on Customer services, Maritime and Community Services have all gone done from last year. I don't know about anyone else, but given that my Council Tax has risen above inflation, I would very much like to know what this money is actually being spent on!
Here is link to the figures from TDC's website

sue said...

Let me try that link again

bertie biggles said...

Thanks for the link; the figures for chief executive in bald figures seem:
2006-2007 £60,000
2007-2008 £270,000
2008-2009 £1,267,000
What is being included in the 'Chief Executive' column to explain this rise? Does any-one have an answer as TDC have still not got back to me!