Daniel Part Two.
Six weeks ago, I had a letter letting me know I had (another) council tax bill to add with the one I already had and the made up one I was given, the fine for having my Son Daniel living at his Parents home. This third council tax bill threating letter, telling me I have seven days to pay hundreds of pounds or the bailiffs will be coming to my home, it also included a court date! I was SO angry! I wrote back, “I’VE BEEN TO COURT! I’VE SPOKEN TO THAT WOMEN! I HAVE TWO COUNCIL TAX BILLS ALREADY, I’M NOT GOING TO COURT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!” The person I work with had told me, “Once you go to court, they seem to take other bills out of the air and give you that one too and there is nothing you can do about it.” He was SO right.
I scribbled all over the letter and took it by hand to my civic centre, I was told to, “Put it into the post box inside the building by reception. I didn’t know what was going to happen next, I was just fed up!
Yesterday on my day off a letter came from the council tax telling me, I owe £265 and that I needed to pay it immediately.” My initial thought was, “Stuff em, I’m NOT going there on my day off,” But the letter had already ruined my day off, so I decided to go. Where do these people think you can just get £265 from?
I’d also bought my two other council tax bills, the one that is £40 and the other that is £67 pounds. Surprisingly I didn’t have to wait long, its always interesting who you get, they can be rude, nice, helpful, not helpful or like Margaret who, kept saying, “Do you want me to talk, or don’t you!” so I said, “I won’t’ speak then!” there was noting nice about Margaret! I REALLY hate the Civic Centre!
She said her bit, I said mine, nothing she said made any sense. It was all gobbledygook, until she said, “Mr Singh did you a favour,” I sat up filled with hope and said, “What do you mean?” But she went back to nonsense again, and I told her, “I just don’t understand what you are saying,” She said again for the fourth time, “Your bill will be the same,” I then laid out my two council tax bills and said, “So this one it for £40 and this one is for £67 the money he has added on it £265 how can my bill stay the same?” I added before she could reply, “I went to school and if something is 40 plus 67 plus 265 how can the balance be the same?” She said, “He has given you more time to pay it.” I though big deal! I was not impressed at all I think its fraud or theft! That the Council can add any amount of money to a council tax bill and you can do nothing about it. I said to her, “This is not fair, a bill should always go down not up, I’m given a bill to pay and I pay it faithfully and any time they choose they can add any amount onto the bill they have given me to pay, it’s exactly what my work mate said, ‘Once you’ve been to court, they will always add more on when you are paying it,’ He is right!” Margaret replied, “That is not true.”
I left soon after, disgusted, defeated, with no where or no one to turn to. I said to my Daughter later on, “I hate the greedy Council,” That’s the only time she ever hears me use the word hate.