Are councils doing a cash grab at a time when people can least afford it?

Lets take an ordinary couple. They got married 3 years ago – but didnt properly move in together until one of them sold their house which was in a different town.

They lived in a nice house in Nottinghamshire but wanted somewhere bigger and were in the nice position to be able to put an offer in on a bigger property on the same street as they were living.

They move in to the new house and continue to try to sell the old one (on the same street). After 6 months they have to start paying 50% council tax on the empty property. That’s fine as they really wanted to get rid of the house.

Today they get a letter from the local authority saying that their empty property will only get a 10% discount on their council tax – meaning they will pay 90% council tax on it. The reason given – is they think it will encourage vacant properties back to the market!!

Yet… and get this, under the law, the husband could move across the road which would mean only 75% council tax could be levied due to single person occupancy, and the new house would also have its council tax reduced to 75% for exactly the same reason.

So a married couple could live apart, use more council services, yet save money – whilst it would also have the opposite effect of removing housing stock from the market.

Is this story make-believe? No… its the situation me and Mrs Tory Radio are now faced with thanks to Newark and Sherwood District Council. Makes no sense… but then when has the tax system even made sense?

The question I have is are councils across the country bumping up their council tax rates for vacant properties at a time when thousands of people cant sell their houses and can least afford to be hit with higher bills?

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RapidSwitch announces best quarter yet!

Maidenhead, England (18th September, 2008)

Leading provider of dedicated servers, RapidSwitch, today announces the results of the first quarter of the 2008/9 financial year, showing excellent and continued growth at the company.

Revenue was up by 87% compared to the same quarter in the previous year, showing the growing groundswell of support that RapidSwitch is receiving from the decision-makers buying dedicated servers. With most industry reports estimating the sector is growing 30% year-on-year, RapidSwitch is vastly outperforming its peers.

Over the past 12 months RapidSwitch has introduced some key differentiators and benefits for its clients. These range from a unique "Recovery and Reinstall" service through to protected Intellectual Property that allows clients unique control and visibility over their network presence with RapidSwitch. The services are delivered from RapidSwitch’s own bespoke control panel which is developed around a joined-up philosophy, with all parts of the service interacting with each other.

Rather than sitting on its laurels the staff at RapidSwitch are focussed on delivering some exciting and trend-setting features to the dedicated server market. There are several developments that will be announced before Christmas, which will be of significant benefit to clients.

For more details about RapidSwitch, please visit our website www.rapidswitch.com or call 0808 238 0033.

About RapidSwitch:

RapidSwitch is a leading server hosting company in the UK. We have installed over 5,000 servers for a wide range of clients, employ over twenty staff, and have a multi-million pound turnover. The company is privately held by its board of directors, is cash flow positive, and has posted a profit in every financial year to date.

Tory Radio down in the polls…

Tory Radio has slipped in the polls of best right wing blogs from our position just outside the top 10 – at number 11 last year to the position of 17.

It’s great to be in that top 20, and now with our brand spanking new website, our hotline which you can call 24hrs a day on 0845 257 0 427, and our ever increasing number of expert columnists we are aiming to shoot back up the charts! In all honesty though, this site is a labour of love.

For those who don’t like it, that’s fine. As Guido would say – leave your subsciption fee as you close the door behind you. For those of you who do – thanks, and hopefully you’ll keep coming back for more!