I trust you are suitably embattlemented against the onslaught of the dreaded virus.
The brave postman has delivered the Royal Borough’s rate demand safely to my doormat.
Alas, it seems that the Borough’s highly paid financial experts are unable to do percentages.
The demand correctly shows that Sadim Khan’t has greedily taken an extra 3.6% this year to support his disastrous administration.
Nothing like a bit of political point-scoring.....
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The demand also shows that Lizzie’s famous frugality at Hornton Street has led to only a 2% increase for her administration.
Imagine my puzzlement, when the overall increase in my bill is not somewhere between 2% and 3.6%, but 3.9%; an increase beyond Sadim’s fevered imaginings.
Have the aforesaid experts discovered some magical new mathematics, beyond what I laboured to learn in my undergraduate degree and PhD?
No. They have simply told a BIG fib.
The demand states that the % change in both parts of the Royal Boroughs take (Precept and Adult Social Care Precept) is 2%. Indeed they polish their halo further with a footnote that “the actual Council Tax increase for RBKC is 1.99%. When rounded to 1 decimal point (sic.) it appears as 2.0%”
Take Band G as an example. The bill states:
RBKC Change % Change
£1,412.20 £28.86 2.0
Actually, the % is 2.06746%, which rounded to 1 decimal place is 2.1%.
But there is worse to come, much worse, when we look at the RBKC Adult Social Care Precept. The bill states:
Precept Change % Change
£95.73 £29.00 2.0
Actually, the % is 43.4587%, which rounded to 1 decimal place is 43.5%.
So the change in Dizzie Lizzie’s total take is actually 3.9901 %, which rounded to 1 decimal place is 4.0% not 2.0%.
Lizzie may think that the Dame’s grasp of figures is such that she can’t spot such a fib, but I think the old dear may not be quite so daft.
Indeed her offence at being misled in this way and with Lizzie’s greed even exceeding Khan’t’s, when so many residents of the Borough are struggling, might result in some breakages of the Waterford crystal.
Your numerate servant,