Cummings council tax: a form letter for your local authority

Last Updated: October 14, 2020By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Where he belongs: but Dominic Cummings (and his family) seem able to get away with anything because of his connection with Boris Johnson.

The family of Dominic Cummings has been allowed to avoid paying historical council tax on several properties built on their land without planning permission, it has been revealed.

What a great opportunity for the rest of us!

It seems clear that every other council taxpayer in the UK should write to their local authority’s council tax department, demanding appropriately similar treatment. The text could run something like this:

To whom it may concern,

I read with pleasure that a family in Durham has received an effective Council Tax rebate of £30,000. What a boost for them in these Covid-19-blighted times – and on properties without planning permission, too!

write to request delivery of my own council tax rebate. While I accept that this may be adjusted down according to the council tax band in which my dwelling falls, I expect I must be due a considerable amount more than the family in Durham – because my dwelling does have planning permission.

It has occurred to me that the rebate may not be applied to my area, but only to families in Durham – but that would make no sense, would it? Why would one area receive preferential treatment? We’re all in this together, after all – or at least, that’s what we’re told!

I look forward to your reply by return of post, stating the amount of rebate to which I am due for my property, along with notification of the transfer to my bank.

Alternatively, you’d better be able to explain why a wealthy family of lawbreakers is being rewarded, rather than punished, for breaking planning laws and hiding the fact for 18 years, when the rest of us have to pay.

With regards,

(And so on.)

The injustice is clear – just think about Melanie Woolcock, the single mother who defaulted on her council tax because she wasn’t well enough to work and the Tory benefit system paid so little that she could not afford to pay the amount outstanding and buy food.

She was arrested for non-payment of £4,742 in council tax – less than one-sixth of what Cummings’s family is said to have owed – and forced to serve an 81-day prison sentence.

Between her and the Cummings family, who do you think deserves leniency?

It’s not even up for question, is it? Yet in Boris Johnson’s Britain, his adviser’s rich family walk free while the sick woman went to jail for the crime of being poor.

This latest scandal has sparked a wave of outrage – and a few alternative proposals:

Source: Dominic Cummings allowed to avoid backdated council tax on second home | Politics | The Guardian

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  1. John Earle October 14, 2020 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    This was an exclusive broken by Alex Tiffin earlier in the year and stolen by MSM as their own

    • Mike Sivier October 15, 2020 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      It was indeed, as I discussed in at least one previous article. If you can find the link, I’ll happily put it up, here in the comments.

      • John Earle October 15, 2020 at 1:35 pm - Reply

        Cheers Mike. MSM hacks are congratulating the echo knowing full well it was Alex

  2. christine redmond October 14, 2020 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    He should be jailed for non payment of council tax ASAP and to have no planning permision either well definaltey a jail term is due.

  3. John October 15, 2020 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I wonder how many people WILL actually write (using your form letter) to their local councils, requesting a refund/rebate? And what the councils response will be? :-)

  4. mohandeer October 15, 2020 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I think the phrase BoJo was trying to avoid was THEY’RE all in it together.

  5. Peter Croll October 15, 2020 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Every council tax payer has the right to apply for a reduction in their council tax bill under section 13a of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. Subsection (6) provides the council with the power to reduce the amount payable to nil. Read it here:

    Schedule 1A or 1B also applies. Click on ‘Table of Contents’ and scroll down to the Schedules.

    Quite a bit of verbiage to plough through with some rules and caveats, but to keep it simple, is there anything wrong with bringing a Cummings challenge even though it isn’t mentioned in the legislation? I know people who have tried 13a with their councils, and they obfuscate like crazy, as you’d expect. If they refuse your request you can take it to a Valuation Tribunal – more publicity for the Cummings issue.

    More info here:

    Note: All of the above is Primary Legislation, including the Schedules so under the law, councils cannot refuse to consider your request.


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