Re: The real issues (was BW moorings)
Adrian Stott <reply@...
2008-01-01 12:37:50 GMT
>In message <726in3dv472tg9b7nbdoqqn1pkjv4goais@...>, Adrian Stott
>>why should navigation charges be related to ability to pay.
>There are a number of good reasons.
Er, replace "good reasons" with "possible justifications", I think. (I
would have said "questionable" instead of "possible", but it's the
season of good will after all).
>Firstly (and cheekily!), all (or at least most) other users pay for the
>canals via their taxes which are to a large extent related to ability to
That is just an artifact of the way the waterways are funded now. If,
for example, the annual grant that now forms the public contribution
were replaced with a capital endowment, in the form of a the long-term
loan of revenue-producing real estate assets already owned by the
government, then it goes away.
>Secondly, in a period of transition where a government organisation is
>greatly increasing its prices from what might or might not be argued to
>be too low a base, it is reasonable to help those who find themselves in
>difficulties by tweaking the pricing policy where possible - not by
>means testing or anything difficult like that, but if charging per metre
>or metre^2 rather than per boat gives a help to those to whom the
>increases are giving most difficulty it seems reasonable to act in that