Council services cutbacks. Anything to do with reduction in grant coming from central government plus restrictions in how much they can raise locally via council tax?
I'll be building an incinerator in my back garden this summer.
.....and I guarantee an increase in flytipping
But the rich keep getting richer and the Tories keep getting fatter but it's all the immigrants fault that we are in a deep hole of shit ... quel-feckin suprise
Its strange how folk forget it was the bankers who were the ones who caused all of these problems and they got away with it.
No memory lapse here... the tories deregulated the banks and now they are lining the pockets of their rich mates and themselves hence the ever increasing divide between the rich elite and the rest of us.
eta... Tories have a history of cutting taxes for the rich, cutting services they don't need but can make lots of money out of... eg NHS privitisation, rail privitisation, cutting funds for social care (anyone remember Thatchers care in the community otherwise known as "chuck 'em all out and let 'em fend for themselves?
Anyone who votes Tory or Brexit are the ones with either a lack of long term memory or are wealthy enough to not care
If this country was wallowing in money the Tories would still be cutting back on publicly funded services (eg schools, NHS, social services, police etc etc etc).
And the reason they would be doing that is because the Tories do not like the publicly funded sector. They eat, breath and drink private enterprise. Their priority is the private sector and the profit to be made from it.
Anyway back on topic, I don't have an issue with once a month bin collections personally. I don't have enough to fill it fortnightly as it is!
@DC24601 - i'm sure there are quite a few people who don't use the entire capacity of their bin up each fortnight, but there is a considerable number who do. This volume of rubbish sitting outside people's home will become a health/fire hazard, especially during the summer months.
Although the main issue is the fact that we pay for this service and others which have been steadly declining in their presence over the last few years. While at the same time councillors get expenses/pay increases over and above inflation.
Projects costing millions of pounds that should be either cancelled and/or put on hold are continued.
Worse still, rumours are that there could be a request to the public, by those in power, for a 10- 15% increase in local rates to assist in care services. The chances are that if we say no, they will accelerate their services cuts stating the public was at fault for not paying more. You know that if the public did accept the increase that central governement would give little of that back to local council's.
All this at a time when central government are spending BILLIONS of taxes payers money on upgrading their own workplace. I say work place in the loosest possible way.
Perhaps the royal family could/should show their acknowledgement of the need to spend public money wisely by funding building and refurb costs to royal residences out of their own pocket(s)?
Does the royal family personally own all the residencies?
No, but they use these publicly owned properties as private residences. Therefore I see no reason why they should not contribute from their private wealth towards the costs of running/refurbing/repairing them.
How do you know they don't?
According to the article from the Monarchy-hating Indy the Royals do contribute to the upkeep.
Yes, I know that. What I am saying is that they should contribute more. Lead by example and all that.
Your original post didn't say anything about them contributing more, just that they should contribute something. Make your mind up.
My mind is made up. They should contribute more. Thank you for enabling me to make myself clear.
This is as clear as mud to me. How much more do you suggest they should contribute? As opposed to what they contribute now, which is ........?
Well, I don't know exactly how much they contribute now as I only have read that they do contribute. For example I understand that the Cambridge's contributed towards the internal refurbishment of their apartment at Kensington Palace. If I researched enough I might well be able to find out exact amounts.
However, my point concerns the principle that they should contribute more than they already do given the times we live in with regard to public expenditure.
And it seems that the issue of public money and the royal family is not only an issue that has gone through my mind.
Well being a royalist i see no problem with any of it the Queen does a great job and long may it continue.
Maybe the Queen does do a good job but certain of the others seem to be nothing but free-loaders. Why on earth do we pay for bodyguards for Prince Andrew's daughters, for example. He's made enough money cosying up to oligarchs to pay for them himself.
At least the Royal Family contribute a hell of a lot more than some of the lazy B'ds in this country, scrounging off the state, drinking, taking drugs etc and living a life on benefits.
I dont hear of tourists coming to this country to see those sort of people and their houses.
Well said Carer.