Anglian Water – Still Avoiding Tax……

27 Oct

Back at my favourite utility company the tax dodge continues……

Anglian Water Services Holdings Limited, which supplies water and waste water services predominantly to the east of England is registered, conveniently, in Jersey.  Handy for board meetings.  It holds its shares in Anglian Water Services Overseas Holdings Limited in the Cayman Islands.  Even handier if you want to get a sun tan whilst at a board meeting.  Anglian Water Services Overseas Holdings Limited has no employees and is administered by Anglian Water Services Holdings Limited, in Cambridge, England.  In fact, there are more companies registered in the Cayman Islands, than there are people living there……

Increasing Profits……

Over the past 3 years AWG has moved most of its back office operations to India.  This was a decision taken by the directors to demonstrate their commitment to provide work opportunities for some of the worlds developing nations and had nothing to do with the fact that the employees in India are paid 1/3rd of their UK counterparts……

If you check out the website and some of the printed information you’ll also see how they support WaterAid, bringing clean water to some of the most deprived parts of the world.  You may also notice that the company made no charitable donations out of their millions of pounds of profits, whilst encouraging employees to stage fund raising events so they splash photographs of fund raisers holding oversized cheques, boosting the company’s image in the eyes of the public, whilst holding on to thier millions of pounds in profits……

Dirty Tactics

I’m not sure how much the Chief Executive of AWG earns but you can bet it’ll have more zeros than your mortgage.  Meanwhile, back at AWHQ they have started customer profiling and sending out strongly worded letters from a company called Frontier Debt Collections.  This is an ‘off the shelf’ package (Google it) tailored to your companies needs.  It has a different phone number from the usual AW debt recovery department and, if you call the AW number they’ll tell you they can’t help and you’ll have to call the number on the letter.  This is not true.  They can transfer you, as the team dealing with ‘Frontier Debt Collections’ is the same team who deal with all other debt.  It is simply put there to try and frighten you into paying up faster……

Useful Facts

You can dial any of the numbers given on Anglian Water’s letters but by using 0800 and missing out the 7, ie; customer services is quoted as 08457 91 91 55.  0800 91 91 55 will get you through for free.  Same goes for reporting leaks etc.  It’s just another way of making even more money for them.  And when it asked you to key in your account number, don’t bother as it isn’t linked to the system and you’ll only be waisting your time and running up your bill (more on this later).

Did you know:  Surface water drainage charges were added to all bills.  If none of your rain water is returned to the sewer because you have soak-aways, you will get £35 per year discount.  Simply call the free Customer Service number and tell them that your rain water goes to soak-aways and get your discount.  If they ask where it does go, tell them it goes into an underground gravel trap that your builders told you was there……

And Finally……

If you do not own your house you can refuse to pay your bill and there isn’t a damn thing they can do about it.  It is against the Human Rights Act for them to cut you off, so if you’re only going to be there for a couple of years, why bother paying.  You can also register under any name you pluck from thin air.  They have no way of checking, just say you were living in the Cayman Islands for 10 years.  Decline to give them a phone number, it’s your right and if they ask for a date of birth, make one up.  That way they can get a county court judgement for debt and it doesn’t affect you……

Go on, give them a buzz……  Say hi to Manjit for me……..

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