Hospital car parking fees top the list of life’s biggest injustices
to pay and display whilst visiting loved ones in hospital is life’s
biggest injustice payment according to new research released by The
Hospital parking charges head the top 20 of raw deals, with 17%
people citing fees for visiting sick friends and relatives as the
thing they hate to pay most for, making some so angry that they
deliberately risk being clamped by refusing to pay. Having to
pay to spend a penny at public toilets also makes the list of fees
which get the public’s back up, along with prescription charges,
dentist bills and surcharges when booking flights.
The survey, which asked 2,000 people to reveal their most hated
charge, reveals that taxes are the UKs most contested charges when
combined, with 39% of people believing that they are unfair.
Inheritance Tax came 2nd on the public’s unfair hit list, closely
followed by Council Tax 3rd, while tax on savings, National
Insurance and Road Tax all made the list.
Zack Hocking, Head of ISA’s at The Co-operative, said:- “The
research confirms that there are many charges the public
‘begrudgingly’ has to pay for. Unsurprisingly taxes are a bone
of contention, with even tax on savings coming above prescription
charges and dentists bills.”
Despite tuning in on a daily basis the public hate having to fork
out for their television licence, which came 5th in the raw deal top
20, with many admitting to tuning in but deliberately not paying,
despite the risks associated.
Restaurants that put a service
charge on bills should take food for thought from the findings, as
17% of people dine elsewhere to avoid paying. Amongst the
remaining disservices making the top 20, are expensive train fares,
vets bills and higher charges for taxis to get home on New Year’s
BHSS issues warning of low flying exercise
Horse Society Scotland has warned horse riders of a combined RAF and
NATO exercise that is to take place from 28 April 2009 to 30 April 2009 throughout
Scotland and Northern England.
The exercise will generate a high volume of low level flying and the
Society stresses the need for riders (and their horses) to wear high
visibility clothing during this period.
Exercise Wycombe Warrior 01-09 and the NATO Electronic Warfare
Integration Programme will consist of up to 70 sorties each day,
with low flying restricted between the hours of 10am to 6pm.
Exercise planners and participating aircrew will do what they can to
ensure this essential training activity is conducted in a manner
that causes minimum disruption.
The public and horse riders are advised for their part to make
themselves as conspicuous as possible from the air to enable low
flying aircraft to see them at the earliest opportunity.
Sheila Hardy, BHS Senior Executive Safety, said:- “The fact
that this information is being circulated so widely shows the level
of co-operation between the Ministry of Defence and The British
Horse Society and the BHS is grateful for this prior warning.
However, we do urge all riders to wear high visibility clothing
every time that they ride out, as this allows them to be seen much
sooner, whether from the ground, or from the air.
Those riders in areas that are vulnerable to low flying aircraft
should also ring the Freephone helpline 0800 515544 before they ride
out in order to establish what low flying air activity they might
encounter on their ride.”