October 01, 2006

Council Tax letter make me go Grrrrr

The first letter demanding council tax arrived, and it really struck that I am no longer a student. It also made me angry. OK, so I get angry without much provocation but reasons why the letter made me go grrrrr:

1) It means I am no longer a student.
2) They claimed it was a reminder, gave me 7 days to reply and covered it in red ink.
3)They addressed the letter to Miss K Bray. K!?!

Reason 1 isn’t really their fault, and I suppose if I am that desparate I could save up and do a Masters in something vocational and useful and thus return to studentdom.

Reason 2 might not be their fault, as the initial bill may have got lost in the post, so they thought I hadn’t replied, but the overuse of red ink gave it a threatning edge… though not to the same extent as TV liscensing… but the seven days was a bit unpractical as I had dissapearded acroos the sea. But when I rang up they said ignore this letter because we hadn’t recieved the first one.

Reason 3 must be their fault. Because we didn’t recieve any previous letters I am presumbing that they got my name from the electoral register. This means that they got the information from something I wrote. Now, I am not the greatest speller, I freely admit it. Just reading this blog is evidence that it’s a bit crap at best, but I am sure that I can spell my own name, and I am sure that my handwriting isn’t so bad as to make a C look like a K. So reason three is due the the sheer incompetance of somebody working for the council and I think I am allowed to be annoyed… and sod you if you don’t agree.

Ofcourse now it is all sorted they are resending the letters in a less threatning manner to Miss C Bray I am no longer angry. But I going to see what my council tax gets me and check if I’m getting my moneys worth…


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  1. I received my first council tax bill the other day too and I’m angry too. I was shocked to discover my tiny, 1 bedroom flat was band C! I had a look on the internet(everyone else probably knows this!) , and apparently they decide the banding by the valuation of the property – which seems utterly stupid to me. Surely the council tax pays for my rubbish and waste water to be taken away and so on? But surely the amount they have to do is based on how many people are in the house/flat and how big it is? Not how much its fecking worth! I’m still one person, throwing away one person’s potato peelings, one person’s bathwater etc, whether I’m living in a horrible dirty flat in a dodgy part of town, or whether I’m in a posh one bedroom flat in a nice area.

    I shall be taking this up with the council when their phonelines open on Monday!!

    Oh, and yeah, yeah – I’ll stop calling you Shirley… (God, I love Airplane!)

    01 Oct 2006, 21:33


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