Tag Archives: cost

 
 

British taxpayers may have lost £8.4bn to VAT fraudsters

BBC Panorama reports on a European investigation which suggests that a VAT (sales tax) scam may have cost the UK up to £8.4 billion (£8,400,000,000). The theft comes from so-called ‘carousel fraud’, where crooks repeatedly import and export high value goods such as mobile phones, failing to pay VAT but then claiming it back from […]

Mystery calls on my BT phone bill

Tonight I received the latest quarterly telephone bill from British Telecom for the house here. I arrived here on 29 July. So, as you would expect, there are no calls listed on the bill until 29 July … That is, except for two calls to the premium rate numbers 09066 361152 and 09066 361153, on […]

There’s a £50 fee to be in the Manchester Pride parade this year


Quicktime version here

If you want to take part in Manchester’s annual gay pride parade this year you will have to pay £50 + VAT. No, this isn’t a fee for businesses — they already pay more than £1000 to be in the parade.

Rocketbust: the question the articles never asked about Rocketboom

Andrew Baron, the creator and producer of the videoblog show Rocketboom, and Amanda Congdon its star, have parted company according to reports.

In all the hype that surrounds Rocketboom there is one question that has always gone unanswered.