Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Latest Stealth Tax Is So Unfair

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Latest Stealth Tax Is So Unfair

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Byline: By Steve Hughes

My latest bill for the Poll Tax ( or whatever it is now called ( arrived recently with a gargantuan increase for services not rendered.

The collection of my household rubbish has been changed from once a week to once a fortnight and I am told that I must recycle all of my garden clippings.

This means I must put them into a green bin, for which I must pay the council that has just sent my household bills into the stratosphere so they can recycle my stuff and sell it back to me as garden compost.

I will put up with this meekly, as is now the British way, for fear of being sent to jail for daring to protest at the sheer unfairness of it all.

It will be a similar story for the nation's lorry drivers who face an annual bill of an extra pounds 4,000 to pay for recent fuel duty rises.

The latest stealth tax is the wholly unjustified increase in the so-called first registration fee, which arbitrarily rises from pounds 38 to pounds 50.

Not content with that, the DVLA is also going to rake in even more money by raising the cost of the first driving licence from pounds 38 to pounds 45.

There is absolutely no justification for this whatsoever except to raise even more revenue for the Treasury.

It is a clever ploy because while the amount may not seem massive for the individuals who have to pay it, the collective amount is huge when you multiply it by a few million motorists.

Anyone who finds themselves at a loose end sometime should visit one of the DVLA's sale of registration plates, which is the most remarkable example of how to raise billions of pounds by the wholesale abuse of a system intended to protect our interests.

The registrations are promoted before the auctions as being up for grabs for as little as pounds 250 each although in reality they go for thousands.

Hundreds of them are sold at a time, raising billions of pounds for the Treasury, even though there is supposed to be a standardised nationwide registration scheme that outlaws the practice. …

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