Friday, July 25, 2008
No takers for chips in bins
ConservativeHome.com are reporting that no councils have signed up to Labour's proposed trials of the 'bin tax'.
This would be exactly the kind of scheme that the 'chips in bins' were designed for. I've been opposing the use of this technology and the proposals for this kind of taxation since I was first elected to Bournemouth Council back in 2005.
The removal of refuse from the home is one of the fundamental services provided by local councils. It's one of the services that's been consistently provided by local authorities and it is exactly for this kind of service that local taxation (be it rates, community charge or council tax) has been paid by residents.
If your council doesn't take away your rubbish as part of your local tax, then why have a local tax in the first place?
Good on those councils who have refused to join in the scheme. Let's hope the refusal of local authorities to cooperate with the Government over this will kill the idea for good.