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  1. Oh dear, what an innocent. Every piece of land in the country (if not the world) belongs to some-one. Whatever made you think otherwise?
  2. It does now (but it doesn't always scan) A Boating Ballad. In a tiny such market 'tis pointless to try, with such a small hobby to rationalise. How many boats in each year were made Over X number of years, just ask the trade. How many scrapped And how many taken, By CRT, who just want their cake, 'n' To eat it, leaving just crumbs. How many newbies, how many have gone Some for no reason, and some for a song. Still as 'tis the season of comfort and joy, Don't let this put you off my boy - You buy a boat and hasten forthwith, to London For there it is told, The streets and canals are all Paved with gold... But as for the Towpaths, you might as well whistle, You'll not find a stretch edged with gorse or with thistle, For all have been colonised, by more Of your ilk, who got there before. It does now (but it doesn't scan)
  3. Er.. No, that isn't the thrust of my argument. I know its possible, under certain circumstances, to reclaim the VAT component, and that that is less than the actual tax on the fuel itself. The point I was making about VAT is that some organisations, such as Councils, do not have to pay VAT on services, however they cannot actually pay less, they have to pay up-front and claim it back. What I was suggesting that it might be legal for folk to reclaim the fuel tax on the proportion of oil they use for heating, but still pay the full amount up-front to start with. This might possibly count as the UK imposing the full tax. Its another fudge, but a reversal of the original. I know there is no mechanism at present.
  4. Tax on heating oil is 5%. The tax on the fuel we put in cars is 20%. There is no reason other than inconvenience (and a huge and massive inconvenience) why fuel oil for propelling boats should not be taxed at 20%. The issue with self declaration is that it is just that and it does sit comfortably within a system where a tax is imposed. However, instead of self declaring, at purchase, perhaps a system could be devised whereby we all pay the full tax and then claim it back on the fuel we have used for heating, similar to those small businesses which have to pay VAT but can claim it back.
  5. Jules Fuels is the local fuel boat. Saw her heading North towards Leighton a day or so ago For current location please phone Jules on: 07740 487222
  6. Thank you, NigelMoore, for your clarification, and the rather delicious quote!
  7. I think the clue is in the name. A post-code represents a space identified by and registered with the Post Office, often with a road name. if you look up a post code it won't put you outside a house but in the middle of the space covered by that code. When we registered our address we chose (foolishly as it turns out) to add a road name and consequently ended up with a different post-code to those of our neighbours on either side, who simply have their house name and the village. When delivery drivers try to find us they end up in the middle of the village which is a good half-mile away. To overcome this, we tend to use our neighbours post-code for deliveries, although that is not our registered address.
  8. Mooring Taxation The source of the confusion can be traced back to the Local Government Finance Act 1992. According to Section 3, council tax is levied on domestic property, and while a boat can be considered as a domestic dwelling, it cannot officially be classed as a “property”. Instead it is an asset or possession, regardless of whether an individual chooses to live in it or not. Any tax liability occurs not with regard to the boat itself, but the mooring the vessel occupies. If planning permission for permanent residential use has been secured on a mooring then it can be levied for council tax, but who actually pays the tax depends on whether you have exclusive occupancy of the mooring or not. If the mooring is yours alone then by rights you should be footing the bill. Many live-aboards mistakenly believe – or want to believe – that by living on a boat they must be tax exempt and avoid raising the issue with their local council. Whether they are eventually taken to task for their oversight depends on the conscientiousness of their local authority, which can vary significantly in this matter. Given that the tax liability relates to the mooring, the council tax you pay is levied on the value of the mooring rather than that of the boat. Most residential boat moorings are consequently in council tax band A, the lowest band. There are some instances in which a permanent boat mooring is liable for council tax levied on the value of the mooring together with the value of the boat, but never exclusively on the value of the boat. These usually apply to purpose-built houseboats or any boats that are moored with a “sufficient degree of permanence as to be enjoyed with the mooring”. http://www.livingonaboat.co.uk/paying-taxes-if-you-live-boat.html
  9. Agree with all the above. Don't be concerned about re-tracing your footsteps (metaphorically) it's a beautiful and fascinating canal so you won't be bored. In fact you could eat up the miles outwards and then plan where you want to slow down on the return. Try to find time to spend a long day at Saltaire (used to be completely teetotal but I think there is at least one ale house now) and time to go round Skipton - if you can link in a train trip that will be a bonus. The Bingley locks are a must see, and of course there is Wigan Pier. All the pubs will serve Black Pudding in some guise.
  10. Of course you do! As do most of us, which makes it even more remarkable (or does it?) that Lynn Truss sold more than 1.5 million copies of 'Eats Shoots and Leaves' in the US.
  11. I sometimes feel that owning a boat is like standing on the bank and throwing money into the cut - but you get much more pleasure (i.e. life enhancing quality) out of owning a boat. Those who live on boats do not get the one thing that we weekend boaters get, and that is the feeling of release after 20 minutes of cruising. Mind you perhaps living on a boat protects you from the hassles of house-living
  12. I would like to report this post on the grounds that the person who posted it was deliberately trying to make me feel ignorant/irrlevant/useless stupid........ oh flip the person who posted is a moderator ..........
  13. Brilliant. More important professional development than anything that person could have got from an internal course on 'Managing Boater Expectations'. Thank you for hosting.
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