Having just spoken with our completely shattered postman, I can save our council hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds in postage alone, not to mention additional costs for suitable footwear.
Excluding temporary accommodation and holiday caravans, there are over 55,000 housing/households in our area, 75% of which are owner occupied. The remainder is made up of private rentals followed by housing associations and bringing up the rear at just 3%, council owned properties.
April sees the new rates of Council Tax (local taxation) for properties and residential caravans and our postie and his associates will be delivering letters to every household accordingly either tomorrow or early next week.
Today he has delivered details of the refuse bin collections to every household and last week, details of the green bin collections to those who have signed up and parted with £40 for the privilege of 21 collections between April and March. Judging by the number of green bins we see put out every fortnight, I’d guess that would be around 80%.
So, Di’s counting head is on, and let’s do the math.
Currently, 1st class letters up to a weight of 100g is 70p with second class 61p for 100g.
As from March 23rd 2020, 1st class is going up to 76p and second class 65p.
You are charged more for weight and size but no doubt the council being a large concern will be using a franking machine, which reduces the cost of postage to currently 61p for first class or 41p second class.
Let’s assume they want the bills to hit the mat as soon as possible so will be paying 61p per letter for first class delivery.
That’s £33, 900 plus change in postage………………. TWICE, plus another £27, 125 or so for the green bin schedules.
Thus the council could potentially save £61,025 and a lot of leg work for our exhausted posties simply by putting these three things in one envelope, or including the information in the Council Tax breakdown of where our money goes.
Now imagine if those savings were rolled out to every other council in the country.