A tax on peace & quiet

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Sunday Telegraph said:
Tax on 'peace and quiet' revealed
By Melissa Kite, Deputy Political Editor, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:25am GMT 18/02/2007



Living near a bus stop or corner shop and even enjoying "peace and quiet" will lead to a hike in council tax for householders, under Government plans.

The tax on "nice neighbourhoods" is being planned as part of the council tax revaluation, with proposals expected within weeks.

Secret manuals by the Valuation Office Agency, an arm of HM Revenue and Customs, used in the controversial 2005 council tax revaluation in Wales, reveal that many homes near shops and public transport, with pleasant views and in quiet locations were penalised, with higher council tax bills. There are now plans for the same system to be rolled out across England.

advertisementThe handbooks were obtained by the Conservatives using parliamentary questions to force the Government to publish them for the first time.

The plan follows revelations in this newspaper that people who live in areas with good schools, clean streets and low crime rates face big increases in their council tax bills.

Home owners and tenants will be charged hundreds, and possibly thousands, of pounds extra if they live in a locality deemed by ministers and officials to be more desirable than others. The rises could be as great as four times, sending some bills from £1,000 to £4,000.

The manual shows that even mobile homes were given higher council tax bills for being located in a quiet spot or near conveniences.

Inspectors were instructed to take photographs of the homes, logging the "convenience to local services, such as shops, bus routes, local communities".

Home improvements and double glazing were taxed, with kitchen units, bathroom suites and central heating driving up bills.

Sophisticated computer equipment is being used in the revaluation of all 21 million homes in England, assessing size, features and location.

Caroline Spelman MP, the shadow local government secretary, said: "Council tax is literally becoming a tax on a civilised society. This is the hallmark of an oppressive and greedy government - finding ever more stealthy ways to tax working families and pensioners."

 

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#2
I suspect a forthcoming 'Council Tax Revolution' in the offing that will make the Poll Tax Riots in Maggie's time seem a minor inconvenience in comparison.

As the prisons are all full, it will only take 5,000 people refusing to pay to completely overload the justice system!
 
#3
looks like my bill will be going down to 49 :headbang: p then
unfortunatly I think Brighton council will compare its estates with some shithole in london
lack of gun battles less than 5 miles from the sea downs on the doorstep
that will be £5000 please :frustrated:
I fear the council tax revolt is coming and it won't be nice
 
#5
And, of course, with the new Home Sellers' Packs, you'll be penalised for NOT having double glazing or a state-of-the art eco-house....
 
#6
cunts im not standing for that, this is taking the piss, I will be voting against Labour regardless of what the other party is like, a form local income tax on your wages would have been better, based on ability to pay, like in some countries.
 
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I feel a trip to the local scrappy coming on for a bit of 'Vauxhall' garden furnishing and my kids being given the run of the close, with my dog off the lead. As soon as I get a whiff of these c*nts coming round my gaff, we will become he neighbours from hell and our front garden will become a dog fighting arena/second hand car show room.
 
#8
Possibly not the best site to say that 31.05.90 I was at trafalger square, I'm the one at the back eating sarnies, (free bus from Uni with bear on board and a trip to London who could refuse?), I may be a bit to old to go this time around? But will be there if needs be lol!
 
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leveller said:
Possibly not the best site to say that 31.05.90 I was at trafalger square, I'm the one at the back eating sarnies, (free bus from Uni with bear on board and a trip to London who could refuse?), I may be a bit to old to go this time around? But will be there if needs be lol!
Feckin hell take it easy :brilsmurf:
 
#10
All this so-called government is capable of is taxing the population.

Except for engaging in an illegal invasion of a sovereign nation, what else have they done since 1997?

Is the Health Service better? For a clue visit St George's Hospital Tooting.

Has Education improved? Ask employers who seek literacy in job applicants.

Has Crime been reduced? Speak, off the record, to any Metropolitan Police officer.

Has the torrent of regulation and control emanating from Brussels abated?

Has the ludicrous adherence to facile 'political correctness' been addressed?

Are we encouraged to save? No, because the tiniest savings are taxed but we are to be encouraged to visit hyper-super-casinos.

Has the vast consumption of alcohol been addressed? No, 24 hours boozing permitted.

The catalogue of this government's failures is endless. All talk, talk, talk, spin, spin, spin and knee-jerk reaction to any event that is reported in the media.

It was obvious on day one that Bliar was a formica and flourescent charlatan -together with his side-kicks Campbell, Mandelson and others. What have we done to deserve this?
 
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lsquared said:
All this so-called government is capable of is taxing the population.

Except for engaging in an illegal invasion of a sovereign nation, what else have they done since 1997?

Is the Health Service better? For a clue visit St George's Hospital Tooting.

Has Education improved? Ask employers who seek literacy in job applicants.

Has Crime been reduced? Speak, off the record, to any Metropolitan Police officer.

Has the torrent of regulation and control emanating from Brussels abated?

Has the ludicrous adherence to facile 'political correctness' been addressed?

Are we encouraged to save? No, because the tiniest savings are taxed but we are to be encouraged to visit hyper-super-casinos.

Has the vast consumption of alcohol been addressed? No, 24 hours boozing permitted.

The catalogue of this government's failures is endless. All talk, talk, talk, spin, spin, spin and knee-jerk reaction to any event that is reported in the media.

It was obvious on day one that Bliar was a formica and flourescent charlatan -together with his side-kicks Campbell, Mandelson and others. What have we done to deserve this?
Voted the knobber in to office on 3 seperate occasions. :frustrated:
 
#12
Great, as per usual anyone who works hard to get on and improve his/her lot in this country will be penalised, and albeit there are generally decent people living in poor areas and housing, whilst those who don't will be looked after.

I wonder if, for example, Do As You Likeys will get taxed (if at all) more if they have a twin axle caravan?
 
#13
Fcuk voting. Just burn down the Reichstag... er Houses of Parliment.

These fools are seriously stretching normal, everyday folk. When this elastic band snaps, I don't want to be any where near. I think I'll go for Canada, NZ or Auz. So long Blighty, I'll come back when all the politicians are hanging from Tower Bridge.
 
#14
I totally agree with all you say Isquared.
This useless lot's answer to everything seems to be tax it. In the last few weeks we have had airline tax, rubbish tax, congestion tax, mileage tax and now council tax. Of course, the politicians who levy these taxes, dodge most of them by putting them on their "expenses" which are paid by us.
 
#16
Is there any way of NOT allowing these people into your house?

If it is a new agency then no-one will know what uniforms/ID's they carry and I bet you a pint of Jesus Christ's very own p!ss that you will get a massive increase of scum pretending to work for this agency and "Vet" your house, take lots of nice photo's of what you've got, info on your security then rob you blind.
 
#17
LordVonHarley said:
Is there any way of NOT allowing these people into your house?

If it is a new agency then no-one will know what uniforms/ID's they carry and I bet you a pint of Jesus Christ's very own p!ss that you will get a massive increase of scum pretending to work for this agency and "Vet" your house, take lots of nice photo's of what you've got, info on your security then rob you blind.
No one's coming inside my house, ID or not. If the West Belfast type wont allow it then why should I?
 

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