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....
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.
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.
My double glazing needs major work as the seals have reached the end of their life, the kitchen units are fit only for firewood, the bathroom suite has more mould than a Stilton Cheese and the central heating boiler is a troublesome old geezer - do I get refund? Does the council tax element for these improvements get written down each year as they decrease in value? Thought not. Any way I will apply for a discount as there is no peace and quiet here, not with that nutter trying out his new gun at all hours...