Every household in Argyll & Bute is to receive a booklet entitled Welcome to Your Council.
Following yesterday’s announcement by the SNP Scottish Government of substantial rises to be made to the council tax to be charged to householders whose properties are in Bands E. F, G and H, many readers are troubled and exercised by what this will mean for them.
Will Argyll & Bute Council be able to help them?
The inside back page of the leaflet in question does not offer much hope.
On that page is material headed: Calculation of council tax.
Some of the items listed there are – understandably – confusing rather than clarifying the matter, with readers particularly noting:
- Cultural and Related Services
- Non Distributed Costs
- Corporate and Democratic Core
- Valuation Joint Board
- Capital Charges Adjustment
Any competent communication is expressed to be accessible to its audience.
This leaflet has a universal audience of residents in Argyll and Bute, the vast majoRity of whom have no reason whatsoever to be familiar with the inner operations of public sector administration and its specialist insider jargon.
Many people are now anxious about the impact of the council tax band hikes to come on Band E, F, G and H – and anxious about additional increases of up to 3% in council tax itself. They are urgent to get some sort of angle on how these will affect the sustainability of their personal lives and their personal finances.
This leaflet should simply – and simply – have done what it promised: showed people how to check the way their council tax is calculated.
Any suggestions – serious or tongue-in-cheek – of meanings of the unhelpful phrases listed above will be welcome.