In case you wondered why you receive less public services in return for higher community charges, the map below says it all. And if you live in the South-east, as we do, then there's worse to come. You may have read this week that government owes Kent County Council £7 million for taking more than its fair share of child refugees. It appears that government has little intention of repaying the debt, which is likely to lead in service cuts on our side of the so-called 'North-south divide'.
The latest analysis of government spending shows that the South-East provided £15.1 billion more in taxes than was spent in the region.
Similarly, eastern areas of England contributed £5.1 billion they did not see back from the Treasury.
For each man, woman and child in the South-East, £9,397 was taken in taxes. But they each got back £7,544 in public spending - £1,853 less.
In the Labour-dominated North-East, public spending provided each individual with £3,133 more in services than was paid in taxes.
On the radio, yesterday, I heard Thanet North MP, Roger Gale challenge Thanet South MP, Dr Stephen Ladyman to a by-election in Thanet. Gale is happy to resign and stand again in a test of public opinion if Ladyman does the same. Somehow, I doubt the latter will take him up on the challenge!