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May 5, 2017

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Here’s a subject close to your wallet!

May 5, 2017

in today's mail I had 2 official looking letters from the UK , shite me thinks more trouble with the tax man etc,NO they were information on my 2 military pensions. When I think back when I was a kid and listening to my Father telling me "you have to earn. £1000 ( £20 a week ) a year  to be comfortable "  !!! So now my military pensions has exceeded that a month . Thinking back to my first wage at Cammell Lairds was £2 ( now you can't buy a coffee for that ) my question to all is " are we any better off ???" than that young lad back in the early 60's .

May 5, 2017

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Here’s a subject close to your wallet!

May 5, 2017

At about the same time, I was getting £3.17.6 a week working at being an apprentice at De Havilland Aircraft Co in Broughton, Chester.It was pretty good there, building Comets, Vampires, Venoms, and all the bits and pieces that went into them. On Comets, we apprentices were the guys they sent down tnside the wings with dollies, ID paints for different metals, et al. A bit of a job getting right to the end, but our training teams gave us a bit extra dosh for doing it... I would have trouble getting from inside the fuselage to the first bit inside the wings now...The skilled men we worked with gave us a bit of dosh too, each week, for doing the nitty gritty jobs they hated, cos the firm did not pay them much for those little jobs. Hey Ho, brings back memories...

May 5, 2017

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May 5, 2017

It's all relative really - as a Sgt, aged 21, I got £13 a week which rose by £1.8shillings pw on getting married in '68. I then bought my 1st car, a '54 Ford Prefect ( posh, had a bolted on heater !) for £50, which ran on ill gotten Army petrol (£1 for 2 x jerry cans a week !) for two years before the red lead from the 'cans sludged the fuel lines up solid. Are we better off these days ? IMO YES, I can afford to buy my diesel from Asda these days, and my car has not only a fitted heater, but more "toys" than Toys R Us !! John (JKW)

May 30, 2017

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May 30, 2017

Changing the subject matter now , Council tax or Property tax in the republic. As we all know house prices are going ballistic,especially in the large cities (London,Dublin,Manchester etc) and sellers were making a small fortune. The property tax here was imposed in 2013 at price band similar to the U.K. But not as all consuming i.e. no police,bins or street lighting etc. just covered the current value of your home . When we left Rochdale our tax was in the region of £1700. per year,water on top . about sixteen times more than my current tax ( just €125 a year) . Why is so low when we paid €150k to build it ,location location location, simply put there is no demand for property in rural lreland . There are 3 bed going for €50/60k in my local village,even in Mitchelstown our nearest town on the motorway a pub there went for €40k only at the beginning of the year. Here are some of the numbers going round 200k houses empty/ not complete in Ireland,mostly in out of way locations,where the speculators built before the bubble burst and owned by the banks. Now going back to the property tax ,in the last couple of years prices as we know have gone stupid  a house in the better part of the big cities have gone past the prices of 2007/8 ,a 3 bed semi going for over half a million if not more for the right location. Here's the conundrum prices have doubled and this year the tax will be reassessed to current value,houses taxes will increase by about 50% from €1200 to €1800 a year and that's for a house going up to €700k in value. We expect to be hit by a 100% increase upto €200 plus a year , an interesting year ahead to how they value us rural dwellers???

May 30, 2017

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May 30, 2017

Council taxation levels in England are still based on the original 1993 post Poll Tax valuation levels. Properties are banded A-H according to valuation. Strangely enough, different councils set varying council tax levels. Here in North Lincolnshire our property is banded F and we pay £2400 pa. In Westminster a band F property attracts an annual taxation of £993!! Where is the correlation there you might ask, with Westminster being a far more affluent and desirable area to own property.  Well to put it into perspective properties in Westminster cost 3X as much to buy so I guess we shouldn't complain too much.  A property in Lincolnshire valued at €700000 would be banded H and attract a tax of anything up to £3500 pa, depending on the council responsible for that area Bob, so even with the prospective increases your countrymen face  their council tax bills  will still equate to less than half what we pay here. Needless to say the original English 1993 valuations are now hugely out of date and bear zero  relationship to actual 2017 property  values. The prospect of a re-evaluation of properties and the resultant increase in council taxes has loomed over us for several years. Every now and then the spectre of it raises its ugly head and we all shudder and hope it goes away. I fear one day it won't!  

May 31, 2017

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May 31, 2017

The " nigger in the wood pile"( can I say that) is that the UK council/property tax covers all the services other than water . Here it's just the house/property ,here are the extras €100 for an ambulance,same fire brigade ,same for AE ,water they haven't made their mind up yet,Garda/police stations closed ( nearest to me is 14ks away but only open 8-6) ,we have public transport through the village 4 times a day in each direction.( under the threat of cancellation due to costs) . Education the parents have to subsist an extra teacher or 2 through class sizes and finance books etc for their children, most rural schools have at least a portacabin and last but not least €350 a year for the school bus per child ( average families have 4/5 kids ) . So the potholed roads have mums cars at school times in their thousands dodging the farmers tractors . The other fellow in the equation is you don't get a reduced tax if your a single resident,as my granddaughter in Manchester. But that's the advantage of living in a urban environment,all your services are on your door step ,schools,library,shops ,doctors surgery,hospital,petrol station,local buses,cinemas ( my nearest is 40 ks ) and last but not least a pub that is open . With all these disadvantages as long as we are fit and able to drive ( new car 6000ks in 3 months) I /we wouldn't like to live anywhere else , why people seem to have more time to say good day and smile a much friendlier atmosphere ,yep people are too busy with themselves/ phones busy busy .


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