Police in London counted some 600 protesters
from Trafalgar Square to number 10 Downing Street to present a
35,000-strong petition calling for an end to the present council tax. The
pensioners say they want a new system means tested as to ability to pay.
The demonstration was organised by the campaign
group: 'Is It Fair', which claims on average, the cost of council tax
has risen by up to 70% since 1997. The group said they had counted more than 2,000
people attending the rally.
Pensioners rally to protest
against rising council tax bills - 17 Jan 2004
Melsom, the campaign head
said: "I think it has gone very
well, considering the march was off, then on. "It had
been cancelled at the end of last week and on Thursday I was told it
was back on again. She added: "We will march again if
it's necessary. We must get the council tax changed - it needs to be
changed into something fairer. We cannot afford to pay it." Many protesters said they
had made a late decision to demonstrate against this senseless tax, having heard the protest
mentioned on the morning news.
Bryce Kerr, 68, from Stockport,
Greater Manchester, said he was in London and felt obliged
to attend where most of the pensioners are too frail to come. "My
mum and me, we are relatively okay in terms of finance, but I want
to be here for people who cannot do it themselves.
"For those people who find themselves
burdened by the council tax." Ken Lacey, chairman of the
Western Senior Citizen's Forum, had traveled to London with a coach
party of 30 people from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. The 76-year-old said : "My pension went up
£100 last year. My council tax went up £154. Clearly, under the
present scheme many people, not just pensioners, are worse off.
Apparently, lot of our members are considering not paying
above the rate of inflation this
year. "If we have to go to court we will go
mob-handed." Protesters want the tax replaced by one
based on their ability to pay.
Campaign for the Reform
of Council Tax
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IsItFair campaign is NATIONWIDE, NON-PARTY POLITICAL and FOR
EVERYONE (not only pensioners) who wants the existing system of
Council Tax abolished.
you have been outraged by the relentless, year on year,
inflation-busting increases in Council Tax, then this is YOUR
CAMPAIGN. Please support it in whatever way you can.
average rise for 2003/2004 was 12.9 per cent and was a direct
result of central Government action. It is set to continue.
Government is using the council tax system as a stealth tax.
Grants have been redistributed away from many areas. At the same
time, Government has dictated that spending in these same areas is
significantly increased. On average, the cost of council tax has
increased by up to 70% since 1997. The forecasts for next year's
rises are already being reported at 10%. Central Government blames
local county councils for all the extortionate rises.
aims are to make people aware of the need for action and to have
the existing property-value-based council tax replaced by a system
that takes account of the ability to pay. People power will
support this campaign please see our How
You Can Help page for details of many ways in which you can
want to hear from you as your views are very important to them.
Without your input they will have nothing to fight for on your behalf.
Please leave your comments on the Forum.
Rooney - jailed for protest 26 June 2006
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