Council Tax - Don't argue, we will just take the money.
Council tax rebels will have cash seized from their bank accounts rather being sent to prison under Government plans to avoid the embarrassment of elderly martyrs.
At present, people who fail to pay council tax can be prosecuted only in magistrates' courts, where prison sentences are the main sanction.
The move would mean that the Government would be spared the embarrassment of high-profile protests by council tax rebels such as Sylvia Hardy, a pensioner from Exeter in Devon who was jailed for a week at the age of 73 in 2005 for refusing to pay an above-inflation increase on her tax bill.
Have your say: Should the Government have the right to collect taxes directly from bank accounts?
My local council tried to mulct a "penalty" payment out of me after they mishandled a council tax demand, I refused to pay and was pleased that I had the right to appear in front of the local magistrates, real people who understand the world, much to the council's surprise. I won and the council was sent away with a flea in its ear, I doubt the same would happen under the proposed scheme....