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April 7, 2018

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Poll tax/Council tax

April 7, 2018

Now if I lived anywhere in the United Kingdom as of now my Council tax would be going up ,considering that when we left the UK for Ireland our Council tax was over £1500 a year . I haven't a clue what my then band "C" detached house will have increased to in the years since ,knowing that house prices have gone stupid of late in major cities and towns it might've moved to band "D" . To think that we paid less than £30k back in 1985 and sold it for £175k in 2007, allowing us to build a 4 bed detached bungalow with garage on our 4 acre garden and put a few bob in the bank ( euro against the £ ) was excellent for us. Living in a rural County of Tipperary house prices are rock bottom,for example a 3 bed house in our village are going for 40/50 k euros ,yes its only a semi or town house but there are "no jobs" other than farming on/off day jobs ,nearest big town 15/20 ks ,one of the reasons that the average age in Ballyporeen is 50'ish . Where am I going ,well my property tax has been for the last 4 years 27euros a quarter,yes a 108 euro a year ,less than I was paying in Rochdale 11 years ago a month . Lucky me you say but ,yes but again let me put you in the picture of other taxes here , my £20 road tax car is €200 here, mmmm, VAT here is 23%,village police station closed 3 years, the bus to nearest towns 4 times a day each way ,fibre broadband might be here 2022 ( I have satellite internet 40 euro a month ) ,now I'm not going to bore you with my other complaints of utility prices as you pay for what you use ,but the winter weather here has cost us around €400 in oil fired central heating oil since we returned from India ( just 8!weeks) . Enough of my thoughts ,as my father said many years ago " you make your bed so ly in it "

April 7, 2018

Joined: May 12, 2014
Posts: 1384
Poll tax/Council tax

April 7, 2018

It’s all relative Bob. We pay £2400 council tax for a Band E property which  was originally rated Band F until I appealed it. My annual road tax is £450 pa, my wife’s is £140 pa. it costs me £360 in the last two months in gas and electricity, BT Infinity Broadband is £37 per month. Aged 70 I am still paying 40% tax and I have ongoing constant battles with HMRC after each tax return they send me.  My house, which we bought new  in 1992 for £95K has been extended twice and has had land added to it, is now valued at £350K, the same house anywhere near London would likely cost £1 million. Elsewhere, in certain less desirable locations, it would cost less. It’s all a question of supply and demand, post codes and what people are prepared to pay. Your rural isolation wouldn’t be for me. We live in a village ourselves but we are just 10 minutes or so from medium sized  towns and 35 minutes from a city. Your lack of a police station in the village is replicated here in England. Even when a larger village does have a police station it is invariably only manned for a couple of hours a day. Like I said it’s all relative.

April 8, 2018

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1812
Poll tax/Council tax

April 8, 2018

Obviously David you are a similar position as myself ,but not with motors having an expensive motor here is a waste of my well earned pensions. We I are I suppose are the lucky ones ,with my military pension I've another 4 which give me the security of being able to travel far and wide ,mainly to India and the USA for holidays. We sold our land 2 years ago allowing us to give our 2 children part of their inheritance now (150k each) not when we pass to further fields . Your right about properties location,if I moved to a Dublin/Cork city post code we would most have a very expensive property and if it was the smoke it would be pick a number. The old age pension which the council house occupant is looking foreword to is not large enough to live (as the pun " live the life of Riley) in their latter years . When you consider that when we started our working life's on £2.10shilling a week in the shipyard couldn't by a coffee at Costa now ,to think what in 50/60 years time what inflation will be let alone a living pension for our grandkids mmmmm,frightening. But if we want the State to supply our needs in health etc someone has to pay for it ,yep US .


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