Easington MP Grahame Morris has hit out at the Prime Minister’s Chief Adviser, Dominic Cummings, after the Valuation Office Agency writes off up to £50,000 for two properties built without planning permission.
Mr Cummings and his family are liable to pay council tax for properties on their farm, but the charges will not be backdated to when two properties were constructed without planning permission. This means years of unpaid taxes will be written off.
Mr Morris has been contacted by several constituents angry at the special treatment for the Prime Minister’s right-hand man. Mr Morris has raised concerns with the Valuation Office Agency, he said:
“Dominic Cummings is above the law and feels he can do whatever he wants with impunity. Unfortunately, the evidence suggests he is correct, when public bodies, the police and the Prime Minister, the highest authority in the land, refuses to hold him accountable.
The man making decisions about the rules and laws that affect our lives has broken the covid regulations, drove a car to test his eyesight, concealed the building of two properties without planning permission, and has had his Council Tax written off.
Mr Cummings is in a privileged position, where paying Council Tax is an optional extra. If people living in my constituency evaded paying their Council Tax for eighteen years, they would be pursued and hounded by enforcement agencies demanding money by menaces at their front door, otherwise, it would be the police arresting them.
When it comes to following the law, there are only two tiers, the one that applies to us, the public, and the other that applies to the government and friends of the Prime Minister.”