I pay roughly Â£1200 per annum in council tax, I had a look of how the money is spent, little if any applies to me. I don't have a child in state education, I haven't had cause to call the Police since I realised many years ago they are slow to react and impotent, and I've never had reason to call the fire brigade. I have had cause to visit the council run planning office recently though, where I had the privilege of paying hundreds of pounds having a bungalow designed for my parents to their (the planning officers) specifications only to have it turned down at later dates by different planning officers. Apart from having my bins emptied (if the bin men feel like turning up this week) what do I get for it exactly. The local council has managed to waste quite a lot though, apart from losing 40 odd million in an Icelandic bank long after the market knew they were unsound investments, they manage to host bullsh1t multicultural festivals at every given opportunity they manage to waste millions installing a millennium eye type wheel and installing an outdoor Ice-rink right next to one of the best in-door ice stadiums in the country. I'd be much happier paying a private company to empty my bins, a call out charge if I have the stupidity to call the filth and a call out charge if I'm stupid enough to set myself on fire. Some might see this as a bit of a Tory/ Right-wing way of looking at things, but whilst old people cannot afford to eat and pay their council tax on a pension to pay for utilities they rarely use, and local councils have the right to charge whatever they want for their utilities (having a complete monopoly) whilst wasting the budget, private companies seems a far fairer way of doing things. Anything not covered (like street sweeping) could be taken out of the central government pot. Could it ever work?