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
— 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
— 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
— 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
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