The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

An Englishman’s home is the government’s playground

Posted by rantingkraut on October 25, 2006

Council tax inspectors in Northern Ireland apparently are to be given new powers to raid houses and residents will be forced not only to tolerate this but to actively assist in the revaluation. The Telegraph reports that:

“The new powers are due to be rubber-stamped today by a little-noticed committee of MPs dealing with delegated legislation reforming the domestic rating system in Northern Ireland.

The Conservatives said Ulster was being used as a testing ground for a looming council tax revaluation in England, which will put extra charges on homes that have double glazing, a scenic view, a swimming pool, or have more bedrooms than average.

The order extends the power of entry for gathering information to domestic properties in Northern Ireland, and obliges the occupier to give reasonable assistance when information is being sought for valuation.

(…)

Caroline Spelman, the Conservative’s local government spokesman, said Northern Ireland was being used by the Government to try out a reformed revaluation process before it was extended to England’s 22 million homes.”

(Source)

There is little need for comment really. However, one interesting detail in all this is the bit about double glazing. Aren’t we all told to make our homes more energy efficient; to save energy to “save the planet”? The next time the government offers financial incentives to protect the environment or imposes green taxes we should remember that all of this is certain to be counteracted by some other form of government intervention elsewhere.

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