I still recall the conversation I had about council tax with Farnborough DC about who was allowed to not pay (crims, mentals and mongs) and who had to pay (servicemen...erm that's it) when absent from home.
Absolutely. It's a farcical appeasement of the tabloids with virtually no logic behind it. Indeed, the logic taken to its natural conclusion would suggest that a Brigadier should be paid the same as a private soldier. Just another thing to wind me up.
Totally agree with the sentiments here.....however becoming a bit sceptical about these petitions. I've seen several over the last week or so. Pay as you drive, keep Parachute training, get rid of speed humps and so on. Im sure you've all seen several on this site alone.
Do any of us actually believe that, indignant and good intentioned as we are, the goberment will change things based on it........me thinks not. Loved to be proved wrong.
Posted this in the TA forum so I'll make it brief and not bore you
Ex Reg joined QOY (TA) 2003
Sent back to do basic training 2003 (counted as camp for bounty but missed bounty due to this being after cut off date)
Did camp 2003
Went on two week exrcise 2003
Called up 2004 for Telic 4
Arrived Chillwell with P 60 showing earnings off Â£31 000 from civ div + TA earnings
After it was put in front off a panal of officers my troopers wage Â£12000? was made up to Â£22000 to avoid 'etreme hardship' Mortgage payments etc
Went on Telic 4 had a great time saved a few grand
Arrived home paid Â£1000 council tax although the house had stood empty for 9 months (lots of arguing there)
Came back to civ work Jan 05 got promoted and a wage rise
P60 for April 04 to April 05 showed earning off just over 26k (a 5k loss but by fukc I enjoyed my self so no probs)
October this year got a nice letter from the taxman
He tells me that by earning 26k I'm over my earning allowence could I send off my P60's for 2004- 05
Now been hit with a Â£1000 fine
This will be taken from my wages by way off a higher tax code to lift approx Â£100 per month extra
So even though I lost money I end up paying the tax man extra never mind not paying tax on ops Ive eneded up paying more