Interesting Fact – Money

The UK government paid social media giant Facebook 113 times more in taxpayers’ money for advertising than Facebook paid in corporation tax in the UK. (Government departments spent £489,329 in the 2014-15 fiscal year for advertising on Facebook, who only coughed up £4,327 in corporation tax. They only had to pay such a tiny amount […]

Interesting Fact – Rubbish

You can be fined up to £150 for dropping litter in the UK.  (Previously fines had been set by councils, varying between £50 and £80, however now under guidelines drawn up by the Department for Communities and Local Government, litter bugs could face an on the spot fine of £100, and if they do not pay up within […]

Daft Questions

Most people phone their local council about bin collections, potholes and housing – but it appears many also think they have the answer to every question under the sun. The Local Government Association (LGA), which deals with about 50 million calls across England and Wales every year has released some of the calls that have […]

A poor excuse

HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) has issued a list of its ‘top ten’ excuses for not filing a tax return. My pet dog ate my tax return…and all the reminders. I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a postbox or get an internet signal. I fell in with the wrong crowd. […]

Political Models Explained With Cows

DEMOCRACY: You have 2 cows. You vote one of them in to the government. WELFARE STATE: You have 2 cows. Your neighbour has none. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay for the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax […]