Target big firms over missing tax

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I was saddened to read the letters page of the Courier ( Tuesday 4th July) to find attacks on public sector workers and the council’s failure to match a national average council tax collection rate by a little over 1%.

Apparently a lazy public sector is to blame for all our woes. I think you will agree that a lie should be challenged and people should see the truth for themselves.

Teachers, the Police, the Fire Service, Doctors and nurses are all hard working people. They pay their taxes the same as most other people too.

If they receive a pension it is because they contributed over 6% of their pay to their pension fund. If you don’t have a pension then stop and think what your pay would look like with a 6% cut. Now work it out with a 9% cut and you will see what the fuss is over pensions when these changes come. People are being asked to pay more, a lot actually, to work longer and receive less.

Sadly, if a lie is repeated often enough people will believe it. We may need to cut back on some government spending but there are other ways out of economic woes. The government could pursue tax avoidance by major corporations. If all this was collected they get more money than the whole of the cuts over four years in one year!

That makes very light of Calderdale Council’s marginally below average rates. It also ignores some pretty astute financial management by the council that so far has meant no compulsory redundancies and the cuts in Calderdale aren’t as bad as they might be.

The Governmet could also make the banks pay for free insurance provided to them by the taxpayer. A chief executive at the Bank of England put the cost of this subsidy at £100bn in a single year. Again massive sums. The government could use these sums of money to reduce the cuts and start a policy for jobs and growth, something they don’t have. The anger your letter writers have should be placed where it belongs and it isn’t hardworking families whether they are public or private sector workers.

Some claim we are all in this together whilst ignoring that since the banking crisis the average pay of FTSE 100 directors has risen 55%, corporation tax has been cut, bank profits and bonuses are back in the many billions (last year banks paid out over £7bn in bonuses and just four banks made £24bn in profit) and there has been no reform of the banks.

I am angry about the deficit but last time I watched the news I didn’t see teachers, nurses, doctors and lollipop ladies crashing the stock market, wiping out banks, taking billions in bonuses and paying no tax?

Anthony Rutherford

Finkil Street

Hove Edge

Brighouse