A reader has contacted us to comment:
“When I opened the council tax demand notice yesterday, I was surprised to see that the “Total Annual Council Tax Charge” change was +9.3%. That looked pretty high compared to previous years and I started to suspect if this was possibly a mistake.
So, after finding my notices from previous years, I calculated that the actual increase is indeed “only” 4.5 %. On further analysis, I found out that the +9.3% increase would apply against the tax bill from 2 years ago! So the figure published is the bi-annual, not the annual increase.
Clearly, someone was careless enough to use the incorrect column in the spreadsheet when calculating the increase, and then someone else was careless enough not to check and spot such an obvious mistake. Of course, one would have thought that the council would try to downplay the tax increase, and not to do the opposite by inflating the figure to more than a double of its actual increase.
We are talking here about trivial maths and trivial checks. It is astonishing that nobody in the Council who is involved in this did not notice.
Remember, these people also decide how to spend our money, yet they cannot get a trivial calculation right. Not impressed!”