Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Charity begins at home?
First of all there is a 1.99% rise in the cost of policing. This is beyond the control of the council and so no comment will be made. The same cannot be said of the next occurrence, the increase in the cost of tax for empty property. The 25% single person rebate for empty property has been abolished. (It was abolished last year in a quiet manner, so this year is the second year people have to pay more for having empty property.)
But this year sees additional letters going out threatening action against fraudulent claims of single occupancy. It is cheaper to have a house occupied by one person rather than have it empty.
Except in the case of a RSL (Registered Social Landlord) which is also a charity. THEY can have property empty for six months and still have nothing to pay.
The council has not considered methods of checking whether RSL's are genuinely charities. They are apparently trusted.