This is probably true isn’t it?

Ministers need to be “honest” and admit that they have quietly shifted the burden of basic public services onto households and volunteers, a new report has found.

The Institute for Government said that households are increasingly having to pay for public services ranging from their care in old age to garden waste collections.

Who is there to pay for government but us chickens?

15 comments on “This is probably true isn’t it?

  1. The “who pays~” window has moved a very small amount–at best–towards those who actually get the handouts. Mainly because the ever-more shite-useless state costs more and wastes more constantly. I would bet that by getting the states snot-squirt out of the vast areas they have NO business being in, fully HALF the UK state budget could be saved. While still keeping going most handouts, the NHS (Christ help us) and that pale, pathetic shadow called “defence”.

  2. If we’re talking about services of which the reasonanly affluent avail themselves: rail journeys, three/four-year degree courses, then politicians should be more than honest; they should be boasting about it.

  3. The Institute for Government said that households are increasingly having to pay for public services

    That should really read “productive households are increasingly having to pay extra for public services” as the burden of useless state drones and the underclass increases.

  4. Or rather “households are increasingly having to pay for public services which used to be paid for on their behalf by other households”.

  5. I used to get a waste collection every week. A fuckwit altered this to once a fortnight, interspersed with a ‘collection of recyclables’. Very little of the waste I produce is recyclable, partly because so much is contaminated with food waste, or isn’t (say) a recyclable form of plastic – or cardboard/paper for that matter. As a result, the ‘blue bin’ goes out once in 2 or 3 collections. (The fuller it is, the more difficult it is to check the contents, which is intended to thwart the waste police).
    You would think that waste cost money to go to landfill, but there would be a clamour to take recyclables, but in fact, the way it works is that we pay more to dispose of recyclables, making the overall cost increase.
    I’d be happy to pay the additional cost of a weekly waste collection, if only I could be discounted the cost of the recycling collection.

  6. Look, I don’t mind paying for services. I just have one teeny weeny proviso. That if I can do that service for less, or pay someone else to do it at greater convenience to me, then I can do so, without further reference to the original provider save informing them of cancellation. That’s reasonable, isn’t it?

  7. Our parish council took over the public toilets, and decided that rather than local taxpayers paying to run them, those who use them should pay to use them. So we put a coin slot on the entries. Cue letters to the local paper from local residents – them wot pays the local taxes, and have their own loos – demanding the toilets should be free.

  8. Clarification: we’re a tourist town, they’re toilets used by the tourists, so reasonable that the tourists pay for them, not the taxpayers.
    Sorry, not enough tea.

  9. I collect my neighbours’s garden waste. Or more accurately he puts his green bin outside my house and I return it the next day empty. I’ve got 3 compost bins going in various stages of maturity and rather enjoy gardening and saving him a trip to the HWRC, and am therefore a piece of Burkian scum in the eyes of the statists.

  10. @Bongo/bilbaoboy
    He could, no doubt, be fined. Very heavily. Handling waste requires a license. A builder recently got fined for having a plastic sack of food wrappers, newspapers etc in his van. No good deed goes unpunished.

  11. Cue letters to the local paper from local residents – them wot pays the local taxes, and have their own loos – demanding the toilets should be free.

    Didn’t your parish council then respond, “Fine, if that’s what you want. It’ll mean an extra £5 [or whatever] on everyone’s tax bill. Your choice still.”?

    Let expressed preferences become revealed…

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