Here are a few figures which local council tax payers’ may find illuminating, I have a particular interest in this very unfair tax as I pay, square metre for square metre, the highest council tax of anyone in the United Kingdom.
The council tax levied in Whitby this year, 2011-2012 is as follows.
Band B in which my house is listed £1229.50.
Band D which is the supposed national average £1580.80.
Band H which is the highest band £3161.60.
In Filey the figures are as follows:
Band B £1226.77, Band D £1577.29, Band H £3154.58.
Band B £1194.22, Band D £1535.44, Band H £3070.88.
Am I alone in thinking it strange that the cheapest council tax is levied in Scarborough?
But there is more, the unfairness of this tax is well demonstrated when we compare our local council taxes with those levied in more prosperous areas such as Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea, where we find that in Westminster the tax is as follows:
Band B £534.82, Band D £687.62, Band H £1375.24.
And in Kensington and Chelsea:
Band B £839.31, Band D £1079.12, Band H £2158.24.
And yet more, my house is 2.78 metres wide, it has no garden, nowhere to hang any washing and nowhere to house a refuse bin; for this magnificence I am required to pay £1229.50 this financial year.
This contrasts rather sharply with 18-19, Kensington Palace Gardens, reputedly the most expensive house in the UK which was, allegedly, last sold for around 90 million pounds; this house has 12 bedrooms, a jewel encrusted basement pool, marble pillars, garaging for 20 cars and is said to 55 times bigger than an average house.
The lucky owner of this house, which is in Band H pays £2158.24 per annum in council tax.
Can anybody explain this to me please?
Puzzled of Whitby, Richard Ineson, Church Street, Whitby by email