Alan Bromley

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 24

Alan Bromley

16:15 PM, 4th September 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Just say NO to tax avoidance "schemes"

As someone who did a couple of contrived tax avoidance schemes back in 2004-5 I strongly advise you all never to do them. One of the schemes is still subject to final settlement. Needless to say, both scheme have resulted in me paying more tax than I would have done had I taken the money out of my company via accepted routes. If something sounds dodgy, it almost certainly is!... Read More

Alan Bromley

11:46 AM, 6th August 2019
About a month ago

If Students don't provide proof I'll have to pay Council Tax?

I had this with Portsmouth Council. They said that I was liable if the student did not provide what would be regarded as personally identifiable information. I would try the student accommodation office who should be able to help you if the students are being difficult.... Read More

Alan Bromley

17:14 PM, 30th March 2019
About 6 months ago

Abject Failure of the ICO is beyond belief

GDPR was brought in largely to create a framework within which the gathering, trading and subsequent use of personal data can be justified by commercial and non-commercial organizations. It's purpose is not primarily to protect the individual. Perhaps to biggest get-out for any organization is 'legitimate interest', a catch-all terms which allows an organization to use your data for virtually any purpose it wishes to provided it can justify a need for that data.

That justification can simply be for marketing purposes, as I found out earlier this year. For example, Royal Mail sells your personal details gathered via its redirection services to companies such as Experian which, in turn, sells it on to companies that request your whereabouts.

While companies have a duty to protect your personal details from hackers, they are perfectly able to pass them around and use them as they wish.... Read More

Alan Bromley

11:44 AM, 7th January 2019
About 8 months ago

Is the ICO fit for purpose?

My own, albeit limited experience of the ICO complaints system, suggests that commercial interests - and presumably government interests - override any desire to protect the personal information of UK citizen. GDPR is a box-ticking exercise, muich the same way as cookie 'approval' is on websites. There is no privacy in the UK if you have money or hold a position of power. Discuss!... Read More

Alan Bromley

15:15 PM, 6th December 2018
About 10 months ago

Student Council tax exemption - Proof required?

Thank you all for your comments. The flat is just a 2-bed flat, not in a student block, for which the tenants have an AST. The council has been provided with the names of the two students but they have sent me a form requesting course start/end dates and student ID numbers. I'm not sure if they have sent the same form to the tenants. Despite asking the letting agent to contact the students to ask them to provide this information, the students have clearly not done so and the letting agent says that it is their responsibility to do so. The email from Portsmouth Council says:

"As you are the liable party of the account it is your responsibility to provide any information requested in relation to it. Without the information requested we are unable to verify that you remain eligible to claim the Class N exemption, and thus failure to provide may result in its removal."

I am not sure what happens if the tenants refuse to provide this information and leave the UK without having done do. I am unclear of the consequences.... Read More