The great rates debate continues…
Many of our followers have been trying, without a great deal of success, to understand the Adult Social Care element included in their recently received council tax bills.
One man’s efforts and his response from Waverley Borough Council are included below, but we respectfully suggest that you walk over to the fridge and pour yourself a very large glass of Sauvignon Blanc or your favourite tipple. Because if you can understand the explanation then you are a better man than me, Gunga Din!
Click on the link below for Waverley’s explanation when all will become clear…?
Letter sent to Surrey County Councillor Wyatt Ramsdale
Sent: 22 March 2018 18:51
To: Wyatt Ramsdale CLR
Subject: Re: Council tax
I’ve attached a copy of a letter I have received from Waverley.
Nowhere does it say on the face of the rate bill that the % shown for
Adult Social Care (ASC) is a percentage of last years total bill and that the
overall increase is 5.99%.
Everyone I have spoken to can’t work out how the increase in the ASC
is shown as 3% when it is obviously 64%.
In the world within which we, other Surrey and Waverley Coucil’s, live a % is assumed to relate to the corresponding figure on the same line from the
previous year, not another figure.
On a recent holiday, I was reading “The Hidden Reality” by Brian Greene
which discusses various theories of multiverses and importantly whether
the same physical and mathematical laws would apply to different ones.
I can only assume that somewhere on the flight I passed through some
sort of barrier into an alternative universe that employed a different
version of basic arithmetic.
It is clear that this presentation is to fool the casual ratepayer who doesn’t
check the maths that the Surrey % increase is 3%. A cheap sleight
of hand trick.
In two of the local authorities, I worked for I wrote the computer
programs for the production of rate bills and if I had produced a table like
that on a rate bill the heads of Finance would have been horrified at my
lack of presentational ability.
(we have redacted the name at the request of the resident)