No representation without taxation

In 1776 the American colonies declared independance from Britain on the basis that as they had no representation in parliament, rule from London was illegal. Specifically the taxation of American settlers did not give them any representation, leading to the call for No taxation without representation.

By the same token the opposite should be valid and no one should be able to claim representation unless they are paying tax.

In essence, this means that the right to vote and be represented at Westminster should be conditional on paying taxes.

Why is this idea important?

In 1776 the American colonies declared independance from Britain on the basis that as they had no representation in parliament, rule from London was illegal. Specifically the taxation of American settlers did not give them any representation, leading to the call for No taxation without representation.

By the same token the opposite should be valid and no one should be able to claim representation unless they are paying tax.

In essence, this means that the right to vote and be represented at Westminster should be conditional on paying taxes.

Fund Local Authorities with local income tax.

The concept of Council Tax was ill thought out and rushed in as a knee jerk response to replace the Community Charge.  The Community Charge was an excellent idea because it was based on the not unreasonable notion that everyone in a society should contribute to funding the services which they all receive in one way or another.  One person living alone would sensibly pay less than a family of 4 or 5 or more living in an identical property next door.

The old rating system was totally bankrupt and becoming untenable and unworkable; it needed replacing.  Whether or not the Community Charge was the ideal solution to replace it is open to debat,e but what I firmly beleive most people would agree with is that Council Tax is now in the same boat as the former rating system at the end of its life.  Council Tax combines the worst aspects of both the rating system and the Community Charge in that it presupposes that the house you live in is in direct correlation to your personal wealth and hence your ability to pay; it then also includes any other people in the property when over the age of 18 but does not make them responsible for their contribution, hence the entire burden falls on the householder.

Many thousands of people bought properties during the period of the Community Charge, properties they would not have considered previously because of the burden of rates.  These same people are now assumed to be of a certain wealth for no better reason than the Council Tax band which their property has arbiitrarily been put into when they are actually no better off than they were previously.

Council Tax has increased remorselessly and it is the higher bands which take most of the starin because the percentage increase is applied to an ever increasing larger sum than is the case in the lower bands.  That having been said the overall level of Council Tax is now as untenable and unrealistic as was the former Rates System.  On a personal note our Council Tax has increased by around 185% since we have been in our property; would that our income had similarly increased.

Council Tax is putting the same artificial brake on the housing market that Rates did and making it particularly difficult for people to get onto the housing ladder even if they can get a mortgage because they still have to consider the onerous burden of ongoing Council Tax.  A mortgage does eventually end, Council Tax doesn't; even if you can afford the house the Council Tax makes it an unrealistic option to purchase a house that is otherwise affordable.

It used to be a Liberal Democrat policy to replace Council Tax with a local income tax and I would fully support this idea should it be resurrected.  The only proviso I would make is that it should be administered by the Inland Revenue and not the Local Authorities and it should be a set at a uniform rate, not variable from one council area to another; any genuine shortfalls being made up from the government support grants.  It makes ultimate sense that those who can afford to pay should pay and your ability to pay should not be based, and more often than not erroneously, on the banding of your house.

Whether or not a local income tax is introduced Council Tax is desperately in need of reform to ease the burden it has now become for thousands of households across the country whose Council Tax is actually more than they pay for their mortgage.

Why is this idea important?

The concept of Council Tax was ill thought out and rushed in as a knee jerk response to replace the Community Charge.  The Community Charge was an excellent idea because it was based on the not unreasonable notion that everyone in a society should contribute to funding the services which they all receive in one way or another.  One person living alone would sensibly pay less than a family of 4 or 5 or more living in an identical property next door.

The old rating system was totally bankrupt and becoming untenable and unworkable; it needed replacing.  Whether or not the Community Charge was the ideal solution to replace it is open to debat,e but what I firmly beleive most people would agree with is that Council Tax is now in the same boat as the former rating system at the end of its life.  Council Tax combines the worst aspects of both the rating system and the Community Charge in that it presupposes that the house you live in is in direct correlation to your personal wealth and hence your ability to pay; it then also includes any other people in the property when over the age of 18 but does not make them responsible for their contribution, hence the entire burden falls on the householder.

Many thousands of people bought properties during the period of the Community Charge, properties they would not have considered previously because of the burden of rates.  These same people are now assumed to be of a certain wealth for no better reason than the Council Tax band which their property has arbiitrarily been put into when they are actually no better off than they were previously.

Council Tax has increased remorselessly and it is the higher bands which take most of the starin because the percentage increase is applied to an ever increasing larger sum than is the case in the lower bands.  That having been said the overall level of Council Tax is now as untenable and unrealistic as was the former Rates System.  On a personal note our Council Tax has increased by around 185% since we have been in our property; would that our income had similarly increased.

Council Tax is putting the same artificial brake on the housing market that Rates did and making it particularly difficult for people to get onto the housing ladder even if they can get a mortgage because they still have to consider the onerous burden of ongoing Council Tax.  A mortgage does eventually end, Council Tax doesn't; even if you can afford the house the Council Tax makes it an unrealistic option to purchase a house that is otherwise affordable.

It used to be a Liberal Democrat policy to replace Council Tax with a local income tax and I would fully support this idea should it be resurrected.  The only proviso I would make is that it should be administered by the Inland Revenue and not the Local Authorities and it should be a set at a uniform rate, not variable from one council area to another; any genuine shortfalls being made up from the government support grants.  It makes ultimate sense that those who can afford to pay should pay and your ability to pay should not be based, and more often than not erroneously, on the banding of your house.

Whether or not a local income tax is introduced Council Tax is desperately in need of reform to ease the burden it has now become for thousands of households across the country whose Council Tax is actually more than they pay for their mortgage.

Less Tax

The new government initiative to hand over the running of some services to local groups/volunteers etc is a very good idea. Except that they will then be doing less for us in return for the same money – more money actually because they have announced tax rises.

So in the name of fairness and freedom they should reduce taxes; and if we take in to account that every government has shed the running of something or other since the seventies, we, the taxpayer should actulally be getting a rebate. (I will take 1.5 million of mine in share options and the rest in cash: thanks very much)

OK I know some bankers have ruined the government and now they have to ruin us in turn so we will soon pay everything in return for nothing but ths site IS about freedom and fairness isnt it?

Why is this idea important?

The new government initiative to hand over the running of some services to local groups/volunteers etc is a very good idea. Except that they will then be doing less for us in return for the same money – more money actually because they have announced tax rises.

So in the name of fairness and freedom they should reduce taxes; and if we take in to account that every government has shed the running of something or other since the seventies, we, the taxpayer should actulally be getting a rebate. (I will take 1.5 million of mine in share options and the rest in cash: thanks very much)

OK I know some bankers have ruined the government and now they have to ruin us in turn so we will soon pay everything in return for nothing but ths site IS about freedom and fairness isnt it?

Land Tax

First of all I would like to thank Nick Clegg for this opportunity to have some useful input directly into government policy. My personal circumstances are that my current landlord has given me 60 days notice to leave my private let (via a letting agent) house because he needs to sell in order to repay certain debts he has acquired in the current economic climate.

The area I live in there simply isn’t any housing available to let privately, and those that are coming onto the market are well above my finical means. I earn too much for the local council to help me. I need to be homeless for a minimum of 30 days before the council can offer any help.

There are plenty of empty houses in the area I drive past dozens on my way to work so who knows how many more there are in the side roads. These are of course investment properties whereby the owners are waiting for the property market to recover before they restore, develop, or just redecorate to sell on for a profit.

This is a situation that simply does not exist in Germany. The German government charges a ‘Land Tax’ on all property. With residential properties the residents pay the land tax as part of their council tax.

Often in some city areas the land tax is higher that the council tax thus encouraging property owners to have tenants occupying their properties as much as possible.

Why is this idea important?

First of all I would like to thank Nick Clegg for this opportunity to have some useful input directly into government policy. My personal circumstances are that my current landlord has given me 60 days notice to leave my private let (via a letting agent) house because he needs to sell in order to repay certain debts he has acquired in the current economic climate.

The area I live in there simply isn’t any housing available to let privately, and those that are coming onto the market are well above my finical means. I earn too much for the local council to help me. I need to be homeless for a minimum of 30 days before the council can offer any help.

There are plenty of empty houses in the area I drive past dozens on my way to work so who knows how many more there are in the side roads. These are of course investment properties whereby the owners are waiting for the property market to recover before they restore, develop, or just redecorate to sell on for a profit.

This is a situation that simply does not exist in Germany. The German government charges a ‘Land Tax’ on all property. With residential properties the residents pay the land tax as part of their council tax.

Often in some city areas the land tax is higher that the council tax thus encouraging property owners to have tenants occupying their properties as much as possible.

Repeal the drugs laws

Make the laws governing alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, cocaine, heroin and mdma etc consistent. Bring the illicit trade and use of drugs out of the underworld and under regulation. Make the focus about education rather than criminalisation and alienation.

Why is this idea important?

Make the laws governing alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, cocaine, heroin and mdma etc consistent. Bring the illicit trade and use of drugs out of the underworld and under regulation. Make the focus about education rather than criminalisation and alienation.

Transparancy in tax and benefits

I suggest that taxes paid and benefits received both be a matter of public record.  This will make avoidance and missclaiming more difficult.  There is no reason why this should be a secret – for companies there may be an argument for keeping secrecy but I feel that the secrecy over individuals transactions with government leads to suspicion and criminality.

Along with this I would like the paying of taxes a matter of pride and honour.  The honours system should actively discriminate against those who avoid paying taxes and should actively honour those who make significant contributions.

Why is this idea important?

I suggest that taxes paid and benefits received both be a matter of public record.  This will make avoidance and missclaiming more difficult.  There is no reason why this should be a secret – for companies there may be an argument for keeping secrecy but I feel that the secrecy over individuals transactions with government leads to suspicion and criminality.

Along with this I would like the paying of taxes a matter of pride and honour.  The honours system should actively discriminate against those who avoid paying taxes and should actively honour those who make significant contributions.

Self-Employed National Insurance & Tax

I've got an idea that will bring millions into the government pockets. How about stopping the self-employed people pay tax and NI. I have a group of about ten friends, of which I am the only one who is on PAYE. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM fiddles their tax returns, in fact they earn much more than me and still pay less tax and MUCH less NI. They explait the loop-hole which means that they work for the same company, in the same place, doing the the same job and they still manage to stay self-employed. Take on of my "friends" he's a pipe-welder working in the same factory every single day, earns around 70K per year and pays 20% tax and about £4.00 per week NI. OK so he doesnt get sick pay or holiday, but do the maths. Also being self-employed his employer is robbing me and you. My employer has to pay employees NI which I think is about 12%, so how unfair is that. Just to let you know how completely ridiculously easy it is to send fake invoices and receipts through the tax system – type it on an Excel spreadsheet and send it to an accoutant – there easy as that no receipts are EVER asked for. I urge the government to look into this farce and tackle it immediately. Either by increasing substantially the amount of people who get checked, or get rid of the self-employed system as it is and you will raise BILLIONS in cheated tax and NI. By the way before you say it no I wont grass them up individually – and thats the problem.

Why is this idea important?

I've got an idea that will bring millions into the government pockets. How about stopping the self-employed people pay tax and NI. I have a group of about ten friends, of which I am the only one who is on PAYE. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM fiddles their tax returns, in fact they earn much more than me and still pay less tax and MUCH less NI. They explait the loop-hole which means that they work for the same company, in the same place, doing the the same job and they still manage to stay self-employed. Take on of my "friends" he's a pipe-welder working in the same factory every single day, earns around 70K per year and pays 20% tax and about £4.00 per week NI. OK so he doesnt get sick pay or holiday, but do the maths. Also being self-employed his employer is robbing me and you. My employer has to pay employees NI which I think is about 12%, so how unfair is that. Just to let you know how completely ridiculously easy it is to send fake invoices and receipts through the tax system – type it on an Excel spreadsheet and send it to an accoutant – there easy as that no receipts are EVER asked for. I urge the government to look into this farce and tackle it immediately. Either by increasing substantially the amount of people who get checked, or get rid of the self-employed system as it is and you will raise BILLIONS in cheated tax and NI. By the way before you say it no I wont grass them up individually – and thats the problem.

Abolish Council Tax Capping

Repeal central government's power arbitrarily to limit the power of local councils to raise money to fund the local services people want.

It would need to be done in the context of a thorough look at the operation of the present Council Tax arrangements, which are opaque to the ordinary citizen, unfair in many respects, and increasingly out of kilter with the economics of a rational tax base.  This tax base could, with advantage, be broadened.

Difficult stuff, but a re-casting of the system could improve the standard of locally-provided services and re-invigorate our democracy at both local and national levels.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal central government's power arbitrarily to limit the power of local councils to raise money to fund the local services people want.

It would need to be done in the context of a thorough look at the operation of the present Council Tax arrangements, which are opaque to the ordinary citizen, unfair in many respects, and increasingly out of kilter with the economics of a rational tax base.  This tax base could, with advantage, be broadened.

Difficult stuff, but a re-casting of the system could improve the standard of locally-provided services and re-invigorate our democracy at both local and national levels.

merge “employer’s” and “employee’s” national insurance: it’s all our money anyway

End employer's national insurance contribution increase employee's national insurance contribution to compensate.

Why is this idea important?

End employer's national insurance contribution increase employee's national insurance contribution to compensate.

Smoking Ban – Let’s have a referendum!

Moderators – this thread is NOT the same is the other smoking threads, so please don't delete it!

It doesn't matter if you are for or against the smoking ban, what matters is that the public are asked what THEY think and want, through a fair referendum.

Let the public decide what should be done about the smoking ban and allow the government to follow the wishes of its electorate. No other decision is lawful or in any way appropriate if this country is, as it proclaims, a democracy.

The referendum could give 4 options to vote on:-

1. Keep and extend the current smoking ban, to include all public places.

2. Keep the existing smoking ban as it is, with no further changes.

3. Relax the smoking ban to allow private business' (pubs, clubs, cafe's and restaurants etc) to decide on their own smoking policy, or have inside separate ventilated smoking areas etc.

4. Reverse the smoking ban completely, i.e. to how it was in the 1970's.

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Moderators – this thread is NOT the same is the other smoking threads, so please don't delete it!

It doesn't matter if you are for or against the smoking ban, what matters is that the public are asked what THEY think and want, through a fair referendum.

Let the public decide what should be done about the smoking ban and allow the government to follow the wishes of its electorate. No other decision is lawful or in any way appropriate if this country is, as it proclaims, a democracy.

The referendum could give 4 options to vote on:-

1. Keep and extend the current smoking ban, to include all public places.

2. Keep the existing smoking ban as it is, with no further changes.

3. Relax the smoking ban to allow private business' (pubs, clubs, cafe's and restaurants etc) to decide on their own smoking policy, or have inside separate ventilated smoking areas etc.

4. Reverse the smoking ban completely, i.e. to how it was in the 1970's.

 

 

 

TV Licence rolled into Council Tax

Let be realistic here – the vast majority of us have a television or radio or laptop.

Whether you watch / listen / read the BBC content on TV / Radio / BBC News Website is broadly irrelevant. You still benefit from the competition the BBC provides to other terrestrial broadcasters and SKY etc.

This comes in the form of enhanced content, training of talent, and downward pressure on advertising time, to name but a few.

The benefits of scrapping the individual TV license and making it a basic additional to council tax would simply be a reduction in, bureaucracy and costs. 

No one would ever again be prosecuted or taken to court on the basis of not paying their licence fee.

Why is this idea important?

Let be realistic here – the vast majority of us have a television or radio or laptop.

Whether you watch / listen / read the BBC content on TV / Radio / BBC News Website is broadly irrelevant. You still benefit from the competition the BBC provides to other terrestrial broadcasters and SKY etc.

This comes in the form of enhanced content, training of talent, and downward pressure on advertising time, to name but a few.

The benefits of scrapping the individual TV license and making it a basic additional to council tax would simply be a reduction in, bureaucracy and costs. 

No one would ever again be prosecuted or taken to court on the basis of not paying their licence fee.

Scrap VED and introduce a dual MOT & insurance disc

Vehicle Excise Duty, like many taxes, is disproportionately costly to administer and collect.

Many have already said as much on this site. I wish to tie three popular threads together here.

VED should be scrapped and (if necessary) the lost revenue compensated by additional fuel duty.

The disc in our car windscreen should remain, and should only be issued by an insurance company on an annual basis, once they receive an MOT receipt and are satisfied themselves that it is from a genuine company.

This could additionally have a barcode on the disc that any parking enforcement officer can scan with their handheld device to ascertain whether the disc and the car are married on the DVLA data base. This would also give them an audit trail when issuing tickets.

Why is this idea important?

Vehicle Excise Duty, like many taxes, is disproportionately costly to administer and collect.

Many have already said as much on this site. I wish to tie three popular threads together here.

VED should be scrapped and (if necessary) the lost revenue compensated by additional fuel duty.

The disc in our car windscreen should remain, and should only be issued by an insurance company on an annual basis, once they receive an MOT receipt and are satisfied themselves that it is from a genuine company.

This could additionally have a barcode on the disc that any parking enforcement officer can scan with their handheld device to ascertain whether the disc and the car are married on the DVLA data base. This would also give them an audit trail when issuing tickets.

Revenue raised from speed cameras and parking fines

Direct all revenue raised from speed cameras and parking fines to the National Trust.

(Insert your favoured organistion if you think stately homes / castles dont need our attention)

My idea stands whether you say 'Help for Heroes' or 'Sport England' etc.

We could indeed split the revenue between 20 organisations, such is the magnitude of the sums involved!

Why is this idea important?

Direct all revenue raised from speed cameras and parking fines to the National Trust.

(Insert your favoured organistion if you think stately homes / castles dont need our attention)

My idea stands whether you say 'Help for Heroes' or 'Sport England' etc.

We could indeed split the revenue between 20 organisations, such is the magnitude of the sums involved!

Regional disparities

Why should private equity and hedge funds, to use a high profile example, be considering re-locating to jurisdictions like Geneva for the tax breaks?

Instead, they should be encouraged to relocate to places like the West Midlands or Tyneside.

There should be five year term income tax and national insurance breaks for individuals living in areas of low employment.

Alternatively, there should be higher rates of tax for those working in designated areas such as central London.

Why is this idea important?

Why should private equity and hedge funds, to use a high profile example, be considering re-locating to jurisdictions like Geneva for the tax breaks?

Instead, they should be encouraged to relocate to places like the West Midlands or Tyneside.

There should be five year term income tax and national insurance breaks for individuals living in areas of low employment.

Alternatively, there should be higher rates of tax for those working in designated areas such as central London.

A few things to ponder

1. Stop migrants and asylum seekers entering the country until it’s in a better state financially.
2. Stop outsourcing work from within the public sector to the private sector. The companies that are handed the work are not trained, do not know what they’re doing and often ends up with the same thing being done twice.
3. Increase the salary of the public sector (non-managerial posts) employees in line with those within the private sector doing the same job. Public sector AO earns 15000 approx whereas the average salary for the same job within the private sector is approx 18000.
4. Put a stop to bumper bonuses for high paid bankers – those same bankers responsible for destroying the economy of the country.
5. Collect the £100+ million owed from tax evasion/avoidance and jail those who fail to pay (take not Mr H Redknapp).
6. Castrate all convicted paedophiles when there is no doubt to the crime committed. Simple really, to prevent the urge remove the source of it.
7. On a more serious note, prevent Katie ‘Whoredon’ Price from appearing on a television.
8. Name, shame and maim rapists – see action re paedophiles.
9. Limit each average household to 2 cars.
10. I don’t divulge myself but enough people do… Legalise marijuana and tax it. People smoke it anyway so there may as well be a bonus from it.
11. Legalise prostitution. Protect the vulnerable who are forced into it, health checks on a weekly basis and make it harder for the underage to become involved.
12. Murder – life means life. Consider re-introducing the death penalty for serial and child killers.
13. Scrap the human rights bill – it only serves to protect those who don’t deserve it.
There may be more… I’ll be back

Why is this idea important?

1. Stop migrants and asylum seekers entering the country until it’s in a better state financially.
2. Stop outsourcing work from within the public sector to the private sector. The companies that are handed the work are not trained, do not know what they’re doing and often ends up with the same thing being done twice.
3. Increase the salary of the public sector (non-managerial posts) employees in line with those within the private sector doing the same job. Public sector AO earns 15000 approx whereas the average salary for the same job within the private sector is approx 18000.
4. Put a stop to bumper bonuses for high paid bankers – those same bankers responsible for destroying the economy of the country.
5. Collect the £100+ million owed from tax evasion/avoidance and jail those who fail to pay (take not Mr H Redknapp).
6. Castrate all convicted paedophiles when there is no doubt to the crime committed. Simple really, to prevent the urge remove the source of it.
7. On a more serious note, prevent Katie ‘Whoredon’ Price from appearing on a television.
8. Name, shame and maim rapists – see action re paedophiles.
9. Limit each average household to 2 cars.
10. I don’t divulge myself but enough people do… Legalise marijuana and tax it. People smoke it anyway so there may as well be a bonus from it.
11. Legalise prostitution. Protect the vulnerable who are forced into it, health checks on a weekly basis and make it harder for the underage to become involved.
12. Murder – life means life. Consider re-introducing the death penalty for serial and child killers.
13. Scrap the human rights bill – it only serves to protect those who don’t deserve it.
There may be more… I’ll be back

Don’t like the smoking ban? You know where the door is.

Other countries have much more freedom than Britain.

Clearly the government intends to ignore ideas submitted to this site.

So why not offer bursaries so that people can move abroad to enjoy more freedom:

1. Freedom to smoke: other European countries are much more relaxed about smoking.

2. Freedom to breathe: traffic pollution is much less severe in Europe and they allow smoking rooms so you can choose which smoke you want to be exposed to.

3. Freedom from tax: Britain now has the highest overall burden of tax in the western world.

4. Freedom to work: mass immigration and offshoring of jobs are much less prevalent in other countries.

5. Freedom to study: most other European countries offer student grants and waive tuition fees for poorer students.

6. Freedom to recover: Britain has some of the worst figures in Europe for recovery from cancer and other serious diseases.

7. Freedom to personal space: Britain is now the most densely populated country in Europe (supermarkets estimate, from the sale of staple items like bread and milk, that the population of Britain is around 95 million)

8. Freedom to own a home: it's almost impossible to enter the property market in Britain.

9. Freedom of movement: British people must now sign the e-borders register to take a holiday.

10. Freedom of assembly: in Britain is it illegal to dance to repetitive music, play live music unlicensed at a village fete and hold a political protest without permission from the police.

11. Freedom from noise: despite the previous point Britain offers no protection against neighbourhood noise unlike most other European countries.

12. Freedom from violence: Britain has the highest violent crime figures in Europe and most people are afraid to walk around their own communities after dark.

13. Freedom of the Internet: only Britain, China and North Korea will block Websites and imprison people whom contradict the will of the digital oligarchs.

14. Freedom to have a stake: in America one third of the population has two thirds of the wealth. However in Britain, comparable to a tin-pot dictatorship, just 5% of the population has 95% of the wealth.

I could go on but you get the picture.

Why is this idea important?

Other countries have much more freedom than Britain.

Clearly the government intends to ignore ideas submitted to this site.

So why not offer bursaries so that people can move abroad to enjoy more freedom:

1. Freedom to smoke: other European countries are much more relaxed about smoking.

2. Freedom to breathe: traffic pollution is much less severe in Europe and they allow smoking rooms so you can choose which smoke you want to be exposed to.

3. Freedom from tax: Britain now has the highest overall burden of tax in the western world.

4. Freedom to work: mass immigration and offshoring of jobs are much less prevalent in other countries.

5. Freedom to study: most other European countries offer student grants and waive tuition fees for poorer students.

6. Freedom to recover: Britain has some of the worst figures in Europe for recovery from cancer and other serious diseases.

7. Freedom to personal space: Britain is now the most densely populated country in Europe (supermarkets estimate, from the sale of staple items like bread and milk, that the population of Britain is around 95 million)

8. Freedom to own a home: it's almost impossible to enter the property market in Britain.

9. Freedom of movement: British people must now sign the e-borders register to take a holiday.

10. Freedom of assembly: in Britain is it illegal to dance to repetitive music, play live music unlicensed at a village fete and hold a political protest without permission from the police.

11. Freedom from noise: despite the previous point Britain offers no protection against neighbourhood noise unlike most other European countries.

12. Freedom from violence: Britain has the highest violent crime figures in Europe and most people are afraid to walk around their own communities after dark.

13. Freedom of the Internet: only Britain, China and North Korea will block Websites and imprison people whom contradict the will of the digital oligarchs.

14. Freedom to have a stake: in America one third of the population has two thirds of the wealth. However in Britain, comparable to a tin-pot dictatorship, just 5% of the population has 95% of the wealth.

I could go on but you get the picture.

Simple TAX/NI

Combine both tax and NI .Completely discard the levels,bands and allowances of all descriptions. Everyone then pays say 10p in the £ on every £ of income.Pensions and welfare benefits could be raised by the same amount to avoid hardships in those areas.The example of 10p in the £ could be increased or decreased in each budget dependant upon the countries financial position .The amount saved in administration from Govt level down would be vast and everyone could could calculate if their tax paid was correct or not.

Why is this idea important?

Combine both tax and NI .Completely discard the levels,bands and allowances of all descriptions. Everyone then pays say 10p in the £ on every £ of income.Pensions and welfare benefits could be raised by the same amount to avoid hardships in those areas.The example of 10p in the £ could be increased or decreased in each budget dependant upon the countries financial position .The amount saved in administration from Govt level down would be vast and everyone could could calculate if their tax paid was correct or not.

council tax and student accommodation

The Cornish towns of Penryn and Falmouth have recently seen a massive influx of students following the opening of Exeter University's Tremough Campus. This has resulted in hundreds of houses in the towns and neighbouring communities being purchased by absentee landlords who rent them out as multiple occupancy accommodation for students.

Students do not have to pay council tax on their accommodation……..and neither do the owners! This huge loophole in the law means that no council tax is being collected on at least one third of properties in the town with the burden of the tax resting on local householders in an area already known for its low wages and high living costs.

Whole streets have been taken over by student accommodation resulting in a number of social issues, such as refuse bags being left out at all times for seagulls to rip open; houses that are not properly maintained by the absentee landlord/owner; and locals being forced to sell up as they find themselves surrounded on all sides by young people who are nautrally enjoying their first taste of freedom from home!

A know the two towns are delighted to house the university, but this loophole in the law allows the property owners to make huge sums of  money through student rents, without contributing to the council tax burden and public services. This is happening in every university town in the country, and in my opinion, is unfair and should be rectified.  

Why is this idea important?

The Cornish towns of Penryn and Falmouth have recently seen a massive influx of students following the opening of Exeter University's Tremough Campus. This has resulted in hundreds of houses in the towns and neighbouring communities being purchased by absentee landlords who rent them out as multiple occupancy accommodation for students.

Students do not have to pay council tax on their accommodation……..and neither do the owners! This huge loophole in the law means that no council tax is being collected on at least one third of properties in the town with the burden of the tax resting on local householders in an area already known for its low wages and high living costs.

Whole streets have been taken over by student accommodation resulting in a number of social issues, such as refuse bags being left out at all times for seagulls to rip open; houses that are not properly maintained by the absentee landlord/owner; and locals being forced to sell up as they find themselves surrounded on all sides by young people who are nautrally enjoying their first taste of freedom from home!

A know the two towns are delighted to house the university, but this loophole in the law allows the property owners to make huge sums of  money through student rents, without contributing to the council tax burden and public services. This is happening in every university town in the country, and in my opinion, is unfair and should be rectified.  

Scrap IR35

Stop wasting money on investigations into people who are self-employed.  This activity costs more money than any recovered and puts many people, often those who are trying to start a new business following loss of "permanent" employment, through unreasonable stress and further expense.  Want to boost manufacturing, innovation and get the country working again?  Scrap IR35 procedures.

Why is this idea important?

Stop wasting money on investigations into people who are self-employed.  This activity costs more money than any recovered and puts many people, often those who are trying to start a new business following loss of "permanent" employment, through unreasonable stress and further expense.  Want to boost manufacturing, innovation and get the country working again?  Scrap IR35 procedures.