Monday, March 17, 2008

Ken acquires restraint (for some unfathomable reason)

[reading: Mary Gentle, "Ilario: The Lion's Eye"; recently Robert Harris, "Imperium"]

Imagine my surprise. Unlike every other year, this year's hike in the GLA part of my council tax bill is below inflation.

Year Annual Cumulative
  GLACPIRPI GLACPIRPI
2000/2001     100.00100.00100.00
2001/2002 22.7%0.9%2.3% 122.69100.90102.30
2002/2003 15.2%1.5%1.3% 141.39102.41103.63
2003/2004 29.1%1.5%3.1% 182.47103.95106.84
2004/2005 7.5%1.1%2.6% 196.24105.09109.62
2005/2006 5.5%1.9%3.2% 207.04107.09113.13
2006/2007 13.3%1.8%2.4% 234.68109.02115.84
2007/2008 5.3%3.1%4.8% 247.10112.40121.40
2008/2009 2.0%2.2%4.1% 252.04114.87126.38

March 2008 CPI/RPI figures not yet available; January 2008 figures used instead.

You'd almost think there was some kind of impending election*.

* Which is a wonderful link, by the way. I'd pretty much given up hope of any journalist bothering to do their job, rather than just recycle press releases.

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