Free money from the Council. Calm down.
Some people (not us) have suggested that people in the North* are not as savvy or financially astute as those down South. This is not so. Reports from the Wigan News prove that Scousers are, in fact, the most deal-savvy punters in the country by getting cashback from the Council, when they didn't actually spend any money.
You see, owing to a Governmental commitment to reduce Council Tax in Wirral by 2-3%, thousands of householders will be receiving a nice little rebate from Wirral Council. Now that is nice, but is essentially only giving you back part of what you have paid out in council tax charges, right?
Actually, no. You see, because the rebate applies to everyone, every householder in the Wirral will get the rebate. Including the 29,000 households who don’t actually pay any council tax, because they get 100% council tax benefit. That’s right, £680,000 will be paid out as a rebate to people who didn’t actually pay anything in the first place.
Labour councillor Phil Davies tutted loudly and said the whole scheme “smacks of an election bribe” while council leader Jeff Green came up with an ingenious way of covering his embarrassed backside by claiming the measure helped the “poorest people in Wirral”, and practising his "we did it on purpose" face.
A spokesman said that it was possible that not all of the 29,000 had received 100% benefit for the whole year. So that’s OK then.
* if you are from the South East, this means anywhere north of Watford.