Bin the Bill
- The average PAYE worker pays £3,565 in income tax each
year, compared to £2,642 by the self-employed and just
£575 by farmers.
- Last year PAYE workers paid £3,030 million - up
£243.8 million on 1992 - due directly to the one per cent
levy imposed by the same government which promised "tax reform".
- The tax inspectors trade union says that last year £2,500
million was outstanding in taxes, and that with increased staffing
much of this could be collected.
- Instead the government gave the rich their second tax amnesty
inside five years. While we have to pay 48% they were let off with
15% and no questions asked. Hundreds of millions of pounds were
simply written off, over ten times the total service charges
levied throughout the 26 counties.
- The government refuses to raise the Rate Support Grant by
£35 million, which could see all local charges abolished
throughout the country. Yet they had no problem finding£35
million for the beef tribunal, much of which ended up in the
pockets of their barrister pals.
Wednesday August 3rd saw the Dublin Anti-Water Charges Campaign
meeting in Wynn's Hotel. Delegates from over a dozen local groups
discussed the next steps in building the campaign, and targeted new
areas of work. A conference is being held on September 24th, by which
time more of Dublin is expected to be organised. Get involved.
Contact the campaign at 01-6772686.
From Workers Solidarity No43, 1994