Slightly different but just as important for those of us already struggling with too much tax and not enough income.
Am I just not understanding how, if they reduce or get rid of existing tax and replace it with another, that will make any difference.
Worse is the idiots in the Scottish Executive are planning to practice the road charging thing on us. Don't they remember the poll tax? Don't they remember there is an election in May? Don't they know the public transport system up here is a complete and utter expensive joke?
Senora, they could reduce congestion and car use if they sorted out the deplorable public transport. Make it cheaper than using a car, make it reliable and people will use it.
Before I became a SAHM I worked alongside people who made the daily trek from Fife to Edinburgh. Several made attempts to use the trains only to find the trains were full to bursting and they couldn't get on, the trains made them late and it was all more hassle than it was worth. I had to use my car at the time because there was no buses that would get me there on time and no train nearby.
When I lived near Glasgow I used to take the train into work and that worked out fine, the prices weren't so stupid then.
People need to have a viable alternative before the government (who lets face it are the biggest polluters themselves while lecturing the rest of us) begin taxing the very air we breathe. And that is about the only thing left not taxed to the hilt.
so where will the money come from to improve public transport? I know it's not quite that simple - they should also re-nationalise the trains and re-regulate the buses, but the principle of road charging is sound imo.
expat: do you know how much tax they pay in most western european countries? It's a lot more than in the UK.
also tax isn't their solution to everything - there have been all manner of "initiatives" and encourtagements. but people don't tend to respond very well until they get hurt in the back pocket. compelling employers to allow flexible working just wouldn't work: it's really impractical for a lot of companies.
European taxes are high but you can actually see where the money is being spent. I don't know any of my European friends who would complain about the amount of tax they pay, interestingly when you go for a job (in the Netherlands certainly) you are told your wage after tax. It gives a clearer indication of what you will be left with to live off rather than saying you earn x-amount but you'll just have to guess what that means in real life. Everything is more expensive but my god the standard of life is there for those who work, here it is expensive, there is no standard unless you have money.
Also one friend lives 1 1/4 hours train journey from Amsterdam, she cycles to the station each morning and buys a monthly pass for ?120. I doubt you could get a ticket that cheap here, the trains are all double decker so she never stands.
Where will the money come from? How about not bothering with nuclear weapons and try something constructive rather than destructive.
That may sound simple but the government always find money for what they really want to do, and how much will these little car hating schemes cost to set up? I just don't buy any nonsense this government peddle, the answers are there they have had 10 years to improve things and all they have done is punish those on low wages to the point now where it is better to live on benefits where you get things paid for you than try and earn your own money.