UCKFIELD PENSIONER PROTESTS
Following the London Protest Rally, a number of new local organisations are springing up all over the country in support of the outrageous Rates charges, where senior citizens are expected to pay for the excesses, in some case the misuse of the public purse:-
Wealden MP Charles Hendry has told Uckfield pensioner Michael Andrews he understands how he feels about the cost of the council. Mr Andrews told Wealden District Council he is not prepared to pay more than a five per cent increase. He sent a copy of his letter to the council to Mr Hendry.
In a reply Mr Hendry explains: 'We have been particularly hard hit in the South East because of the new funding formula whereby resources have been transferred by the Government to the Midlands and the North of England'. He said both county and Wealden councils were doing all they could to hold down costs. 'But they are required to take on new responsibilities by the Government without receiving central funding to carry them out'.
He says the Conservative Party is carrying out a review of local government funding to see how to establish a fairer way to alleviate the pressures Mr Andrews and other pensioners describe.
COMMENT: We think Pensioners should automatically receive a better deal. Council's should comply with the Government's best value practices, and cut their costs instead of empire building. At the moment councils deliberately inflate their budgets to gain extra government funding via a Recharge Budget. To do this they engage in all manner of work creation exercises such as unnecessary enforcement, personal vendettas or other waste of resources, which officer activity is illegal, but keep budgets artificially high and councillors are reluctant to challenge.
BBC News 17th January 2004 - Links
Q&A: Council tax changes 15 Jan 04 | Politics
Tax rebel pensioner in court 15 Jan 04 | Hampshire/Dorset
Kennedy hails 'fairer' tax plans 12 Jan 04 | Politics
SEE STORIES ON THIS SITE AS TO HOW YOUR RATE MONEY IS WASTED BY CORRUPT COUNCIL OFFICIALS WITH COMPLACENT COUNCILLORS AT THE HELM - YOU'VE GOT A RIGHT TO COMPLAIN!
WE ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OF ANY FEATURED LINKS
IF YOU HAVE ANY GOOD STORIES TO TELL WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. WHY NOT BUILD A WEBSITE OF YOUR OWN TO TELL OF PROBLEMS IN YOUR AREA - IT'S YOUR RIGHT. WE WILL LINK TO YOUR SITE WITH A SHORT SUMMARY.
With thanks to Action Groups around the world for the supply of real case history and supporting documents.