Iain Dale's house ...
... must be massive if he is he is, as stated here, paying £2253.70 Council Tax.
I don't think we have many houses in Hackney valuable enough to be in a Council Tax band that high (I checked and actually there are about 1,000 homes in Hackney in this Band (G) and the one above it, out of 93,000 ). We froze our council tax this year unlike Iain's Tory council that hiked their's by 4%. Even in a Band G house like Iain's, CT in Hackney is nearly £200 lower in Labour Hackney than he pays in Tory Kent.
Move to Labour Hackney Iain, we've got smaller houses and we've frozen our element of the council tax three years in a row, so you'd save money both ways round. The local Tories could do with some new blood as well.
Iain blames it all on "ten years of Labour". Nothing to do with the people actually setting his council tax: Kent County Council, Tory in all except 4 years since 1973, or Tunbridge Wells District Council, Tory for all except 6 years since 1973?
Iain is also "struggling to think what I get for my Council Tax beyond a fortnightly rubbish collection and a Police Service". Plus he thinks he should pay less for the Fire Service if there are fewer fires ... ho hum.
I know this is a hard concept for a Tory to understand but the point about tax isn't just about what you get back, it's about helping to redistribute money from rich bloggers like him and (unfortunately not quite in the same league) me to people who need services but can't afford to buy them.
Even in Tory Kent local government provides:
- waste disposal as well as waste removal
- nurseries (including the one employing my mum)
- libraries (probably stocking some of Iain's books)
- social services to protect and care for vulnerable children, adults with disabilities and the elderly
- parks and leisure facilities
- roads (for Iain to drive his Audi down)
- steet lights
- planning and licensing services
- CCTV in case it gets lively in downtown Tunbridge Wells
Anyway Iain thanks for your contribution keeping my mum employed educating Kent's under-5s.
If you really want to get the Council Tax in Tunbridge Wells under control why not stand and become a councillor?