Whilst i was merrily stripping a grill down yesterday my rather upset and angry wife phoned in her lunch break to say she had called home and was sitting reading a court summons
Those nice people in local government have now moved the goalposts regaring the way council tax is collected
I have NEVER EVER missed a monthly payment since i have owned a house. As long as my bills are paid then everything else can wait. I ALWAYS pay online the day i get paid. As i get paid on the last Thursday of the month the actual date i pay varies a few days either way. My council tax is due on the 15th of the month so sometimes it will be 2 weeks after this date when i actually pay. Never ever been a problem for the last god knows how many years
THIS IS NOT NOW GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They want me to set up a direct debit or pay in full as they are giving no discretion and want payment as soon as it is due!
I pointed out that the bill actually gets paid in advance as the invoices are for the year ahead so if i pay monthly how can i be in arrears no matter what date i pay as long as the full amount is paid by April 2009
They agreed that is true but still insist that they are in the right and are taking many people to court over the same issue and the courts are awarding the cases to the council
I was told that if i paid this months installment (already done) and then start paying by direct debit IMMEDIATELY they will "waive" the court costs and withdraw the summons. Talk about being held to ransom I nearly asked him if he was wearing a stripey jumper and mask
If i don't then on the 23rd Oct at 12.00 i shall be appearing live in the local magistrates court and will lose the case (according to them)
I think this country needs a bl00dy good shake up now.............