“Surely my council tax payment should cover having this work done”

This letter sent to the Star was written by Carol Wilkinson, Sheffield S5

Friday, 12th April 2019, 6:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th April 2019, 7:45 am

Can Sheffield City Council please help me to deal with removing rats which are running around my garden and adjacent ones? As a senior citizen, I have asked someone at the SCC for help and they told me that if I was in receipt of state benefits they would do this for free, but anyone else would be charged £84 for the service.

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I understand that a free removal service used to be offered by SCC and appreciate that they are governed by severe Government cuts in expenditure, and that this may well be a cause of the increased rat population because tenants are reluctant to report infestations due to the cost factor of removing them and their not being able to afford such charges.

I pay full SCC rent and council tax and am not in a position to pay the £84. Surely my council tax payment should cover having this work done by the SCC for one of their properties? There is also a Health and Safety risk of having these rats if there are children in the garden. Any help SCC can provide to a fully paid up tenant with limited resources would be appreciated.