Sound familiar, Toronto? This is an international scam. It’s also an international scam that elected representatives – the US Congress, the Canadian House of Commons – are being cut out of the decision making process. As states are increasingly piloted by elite policy-making forums and international ‘governance’ – meaning, binding treaties overseen by unelected bodies – these parliamentary chambers become increasingly ceremonial and vestigial.
James Chapman, The Daily Mail
January 19, 2009
Powers which allow the Government to impose bin taxes on the whole country without consulting Parliament have been brought in by stealth.
A little-noticed clause in the Climate Change Act means all councils are free to adopt charges of up to Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£100 – without MPs voting on the issue first.
The Conservatives said the revelation was an ‘outrage’.
They likened it to ship money, the tax levied by Charles I without the consent of Parliament – one of the causes of the English Civil War.
This week sees the deadline for councils bidding to run the first pay-as-you-throw pilot schemes.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed that powers in the clause will allow any pilot scheme to be implemented across every council in England by ministerial order.
A vote by MPs would only be required if ministers want to introduce a different type of bin tax to the pilot models.
Tory local government spokesman Eric Pickles said ministers had falsely led MPs to believe Parliament would have the final say on the national implementation of the taxes.
‘In a year when a million people face losing their jobs, the last thing the country needs is new taxes on family homes on top of council tax,’ he added.
‘This is a modern day ship money – new taxes are being imposed on the English people by arrogant and out-of-touch rulers, showing contempt for the democratic process.
‘The imposition of extra Parliamentary taxation is a constitutional outrage.’
It is thought four types of levies will be tested in the pilot schemes.
A ‘bin chip tax’ would see households receive a bill based on the weight of the contents of their bin.
A ‘weekly collection tax’ would mean households wanting to receive weekly rubbish collection paying an extra charge.
A ‘bin bag tax’ would see families charged extra for special bin bags for non-recyclable waste.
The last, a ‘bin size tax’, would see households charged for the size of their bin, with families requiring a bigger bin paying the most. [Ed. Note - Exactly the same scheme we've got here.]
A survey of 100 local authorities found not a single one wanted to take part in an initial trial. But ministers are confident they can sign up five councils to test the idea of charging for waste by weight.
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