Energy companies must pay YOU interest if they hold your money.

Energy companies hold billions of pounds of money of our money.  They are earning profit interest on these holdings.

In the same way that companies can charge interest on outstanding invoices, energy companies should be forced to pay interest on balances on energy accounts (I suggest 5% above BoE base rate)..

Why is this idea important?

Energy companies hold billions of pounds of money of our money.  They are earning profit interest on these holdings.

In the same way that companies can charge interest on outstanding invoices, energy companies should be forced to pay interest on balances on energy accounts (I suggest 5% above BoE base rate)..

Tighten rules for passing secondary legislation

Currently , Acts of Parliament can only be passed by Parliament after a rigorous consultation exercise involving debates in the Houses of Parliament and a final vote.

However secondary legislation which governs the running of local authorities and other public authorities like the police,  is not afforded the same scrutiny. It is passed with little publicity or debate in Parliament with the result that public bodies are handed carte blanche authority to make rules as they please.

As we all know, this has resulted in hundreds of new laws and by-laws aimed at curtailing and infringeing the basic rights of citizens be it with parking laws and court orders, refuse collection, astronomical increases in council tax among others.

Parliament needs to control the passing of secondary legislation in order to protect the rights of citizens and to allow the public to participate in the making of laws that govern their daily lives.

Why is this idea important?

Currently , Acts of Parliament can only be passed by Parliament after a rigorous consultation exercise involving debates in the Houses of Parliament and a final vote.

However secondary legislation which governs the running of local authorities and other public authorities like the police,  is not afforded the same scrutiny. It is passed with little publicity or debate in Parliament with the result that public bodies are handed carte blanche authority to make rules as they please.

As we all know, this has resulted in hundreds of new laws and by-laws aimed at curtailing and infringeing the basic rights of citizens be it with parking laws and court orders, refuse collection, astronomical increases in council tax among others.

Parliament needs to control the passing of secondary legislation in order to protect the rights of citizens and to allow the public to participate in the making of laws that govern their daily lives.

Council Tax

Disallow all councils from issuing summons against residents for non payment of council tax until at least one full month of non payment is recorded. It is beyond belief that Mole Valley Council in particular, issues a summons in the same month when the account is not in arrears but they feel that because it was not recorded as paid on the 1st of the month – it was considered "late" No reminder issued.

 

This is just a simple ploy to force people to pay by direct debit instead of (in my case) Bacs payment and an unscrupulous method of increasing revenue.

 

Freezing council tax next year will see many councils employing the same underhanded tactics to increase revenues because it costs not a snippet of the surcharge they levy to issue a summons. Payment received does not cancel out the costs (even when the payment has been received before the date of the summons) they are supposed to have incurred.

 

It is the poor and the struggling who suffer from this outrageous policy. It should be outlawed and councils forced to make allowances for the fact that people are often not paid when the council tax is due but have insufficient resource to build a backlog of funds to cover such intransigence.

Why is this idea important?

Disallow all councils from issuing summons against residents for non payment of council tax until at least one full month of non payment is recorded. It is beyond belief that Mole Valley Council in particular, issues a summons in the same month when the account is not in arrears but they feel that because it was not recorded as paid on the 1st of the month – it was considered "late" No reminder issued.

 

This is just a simple ploy to force people to pay by direct debit instead of (in my case) Bacs payment and an unscrupulous method of increasing revenue.

 

Freezing council tax next year will see many councils employing the same underhanded tactics to increase revenues because it costs not a snippet of the surcharge they levy to issue a summons. Payment received does not cancel out the costs (even when the payment has been received before the date of the summons) they are supposed to have incurred.

 

It is the poor and the struggling who suffer from this outrageous policy. It should be outlawed and councils forced to make allowances for the fact that people are often not paid when the council tax is due but have insufficient resource to build a backlog of funds to cover such intransigence.