It really isn’t true what they say about the Daily Express, that all its readers are either already dead or that they think that Margaret Thatcher is still Prime Minister.
If it was true, then there’d be no point in the reporters and editors on the paper deliberately skewing a news story about uncollected Council Tax by focusing on the amounts unpaid in Labour-controlled boroughs such as Lambeth and Southwark, and burying the news of the worst council in this respect.
Yes, you’ve guessed it, regular reader: the worst council for uncollected Council Tax in the whole of Britain is our very own home borough of Croydon.
Let’s give it up for council leader Mike Fisher, for Dudley Mead, the councillor in charge of “Housing, Finance & Asset Management”, and let’s hear it for our £200,000 per year CEO Jon Rouse.
Because under their sound and financially responsible leadership, Croydon leads the way with what even-slightly-more-right-wing-than-UKIP Express describes as “a colossal £40.2 million left uncollected” in Council Tax.
For once, Croydon is leading the way.
Oh, and the figures are not from any left-wing bunch of troublemakers, but the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
Good job, Mike! Way to go, Dudley! Well done, Jon!