Static caravan owners 'dodging council tax'

A growing number of people are using caravans as their permanent place of residence
A growing number of people are using caravans as their permanent place of residence

Friday, 30, Oct 2009 11:46

Static caravan owners often use their holiday home for weekends or extended breaks away from the pressures of life, but some are overstaying their welcome, it has been reported.

Critics have spoken out against the growing number of people using caravans as their permanent place of residence, claiming they are taking what they can from the local area without contributing.

This is because caravans are currently not subject to council tax and owners are able to stay in them for around three-quarters of the year without breaking the rules.

BBC News recently reported that Conwy councillor Bob Squire is among those speaking out on the issue, after a number of site operators began pushing for 12-month occupancy.

He told BBC Radio Wales' Eye on Wales programme that a number of caravan park residents had applied for bus passes, despite supposedly being on holiday.

"We also found that there were people claiming housing benefit, there were people on Jobseeker's Allowance," Mr Squire explained.

A number of caravan park residents had even been added to the local electoral register, the councillor revealed.

Meanwhile, the Sentinel recently reported that a Staffordshire school is planning to create a unique learning area inside a caravan.

Comments - What do you think?
Related stories

Outdoor store notices caravan sales rise

Heating products, flasks and gas fires are selling well in the cold weather

An Enfield outdoor store has noticed a large rise in demand for caravan equipment and cold weather gear over the past few weeks.

Caravan enthusiasts could see road rules change

Caravan enthusiasts could see the rules of the road change in a green initiative

Caravan enthusiasts may be interested to hear the Climate Change Committee has suggested a number of methods for cutting transport carbon emissions.

Best Route to Cakes & Ale Holiday Park IP16 4TE

I noticed a discussion for directions to another caravan site in this afrea to Leiston. We are going to the Cakes ...

Why only facebook

Why can you only add comments on face book ? I am not nor will I ever join Facebook. Why can't you just log in to ...

Insurance for 1984 Lunar Meteorite

Hi am a complete newbie , just bought my very first little caravan and i'm trying to find insurance for him. I've ...

Motorhome Novice!

Hi Everyone I am collecting my first motorhome in June, its an Autoquest 120! Getting excited as well as apprehens...

Site directory.

Hi  Looking into getting a site directory booknand would appreciate any recommendations. I remember the C&C cl...

bailey orion 430/4 2011 awning sizes

has anyone had any problems with awning measurement on their bailey orion. we have purchased a size 12 awaydaze  t...

Best route to Leiston / Beach View Holiday Park IP16 4TU

We are going down to Beachview at Leiston towing our single axle caravan and I was looking into the route from the...

Sites close to M6 Staffordshire

Hi can anyone recommend a site reasonably close to M6 around Stafford way? We will be travelling to Scotland and t...

Sites close to M6 Staffordshire

Hi can anyone recommend a site reasonably close to M6 around Stafford way? We will be travelling to Scotland and t...

Cracks in top of caravan

I have recently found a couple of cracks on the top rear corners of our eccles 554 van , it is a 2013 . I took it ...

For Sale

Burstner Nexxo t720 - 2012 - £44995

Burnster Nexxo t720

Low Low profile chasis motorhome

Rapido A-Class 999M - 2009 - £54995

Rapido A class 999M

This flagship Rapido model is based on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis (very rare) with the fantastic Mercedes 3.

Monaco Knight 38 PDQ - 2006 - £79995

x

THE most practical RV layout ever on the market with four slide out rooms, full cream leather interior and light oak cabinetry creates even greater feeling of space.

Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 69 PL (auto) - 2011 - £61995

Niesmann + Bischoff Arto 69 PL

One of the best build qualities in the industry including aluminium sandwich construction, deep double floor and front electric thermo windscreen blind make this motorhome fully winterised.

Research signals surge in caravan holidays over stress of leaving pets behind

Do you take your pet along for the ride?

Surge in caravan holidays may just be attributed to our furry, four-legged friends

Moment caravan crashes caught on film

What do you think went wrong here?

Moment caravan careers out of control captured on lorry driver's dashcam

Moment caravan is blown off mountain road and plummets down cliff caught on film

The moment a caravan was blown off a notoriously windy mountain road has been caught on film

Wind blows caravan off mountain road in heart-stopping video

Have you won one of five CoPilot Caravan sat nav apps?

Read on to find out if you're a winner

Read on below to find out if you're a winner in our latest CaravanTimes giveaway