Opinion | Everyone Wants Your Money

Opinion – Everyone Wants Your Money

BT are joining in the money grab that is sweeping the country lately. They sent me an e-mail to say that they are going to start charging rental for the internet phone. I receive few calls on this phone and using the landline is free within the UK, so I’m going to have to cancel the service. They want something like £30 or so a year for the internet phone, and they charge for calls made on it at about half the landline rate when you ring abroad!

We’ve got a letter this morning about the rise in electricity charges feom E.On too. They claim the increase is 3.7%; oh yeah? What they don’t say is that they are also stopping the 3% discount for prompt payment and the £20 discount for not supplying any gas (none in the village). So the real increase is about 7%. Like so many rip-off British firms, they think customers are stupid. I’m going to have a look at Ovo and the Co-op; both are probably cheaper than E.On. Next thing will be this bloody government stopping the winter fuel allowance for pensioners, the TV licence will almost certainly go up – again – and if they get elected again in 2015, they’ll probably cut pensions too. All to put more money in the pockets of their rich mates with tax cuts…oh, and I forgot the 11% pay rise for MPs!

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