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!
I 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.
(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:
This #counciltax fiasco is injustice & inequality. Cummings gets away with it because he's #BorisJohnson senior adviser while others for far less are jailed/assets seized/go bankrupt for not paying Council tax – his £30k liability is written off. This abuse of power is corruption https://t.co/5wiwALjyPW
— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) October 14, 2020
I see Dominic Cummings has had his £30,000 #counciltax bill 'written off'.@DacorumBC Could you direct me to the form I would fill in to have my council tax bill 'written off' too?
— Lordy webb 3.5% (@paulwebb83) October 14, 2020
So My lovely council sent me court summons with £130 court charges for an outstanding amount on my #CouncilTax bill of wait for it…..31p…was only removed once I informed my MP Whilst #DominicCummings gets £30k written off 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬
— LikeAVirgil 🔴🇪🇺 (@virgil_like) October 14, 2020
What a surprise. Laws don't apply to #DominicCummings
The logic would be that they don't apply to anyone. Imagine if everyone cancelled their Council Tax DD tomorrow… #CouncilTax #CriminalCummings https://t.co/oVbbLqheQo
— angela garrod 🕷️ European girly swot #RejoinEU (@angegarrod) October 14, 2020
Dominic Cummings gets his council tax bill written off. Yet I was billed, and forced to pay, for a debt an ex partner racked up before he passed away. the bill was for the period After I moved OUT of the property and we'd split up. #CouncilTax #HowIsThatFair
— lindsay white (@linz_e81) October 14, 2020
I’ve had a look on the council website but I can’t seem to to find the form to have my #CouncilTax waived. Can you point me to it please? £30k rebate would go a long way if I’m honest. #sackcummings
— Shell (@birminghamb6) October 14, 2020
If you struggling at the moment and unable to pay your council tax and lets say you miss 2 psyments. Councils have the right to make things worse for you by demanding the full liability for the whole year all at once.
Yet Cummings is able to avoid a £30k bill 🤷♂️ #counciltax
— Dave (@DaveNWaves) October 14, 2020
I've decided I want my #counciltax written off… can someone direct me to what website I need to go on to make this happen? Ta.
— KLS 〓〓 (@Kirlea75) October 14, 2020
So Dominic Cummings gets a £30k council tax bill written off because hes @BorisJohnson stooge. Why do the rest of the country have to pay our taxes then? Backdoor dealing at its best. Corrupt isn't even the word. BORIS YOU ARE A DISGRACE #counciltax
— Matt Burn (@mattburn44) October 14, 2020
#counciltax Right. Enough is enough. EVERYONE stop paying theirs.
— Mr Mark Fairhurst (@MrMarkFairhurst) October 14, 2020
Source: Dominic Cummings allowed to avoid backdated council tax on second home | Politics | The Guardian
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This was an exclusive broken by Alex Tiffin earlier in the year and stolen by MSM as their own
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.
Cheers Mike. MSM hacks are congratulating the echo knowing full well it was Alex
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.
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? 🙂
I think the phrase BoJo was trying to avoid was THEY’RE all in it together.
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.