COUNCIL TAX The Mail on Sunday has a detailed expose on how plans for Council Tax revaluation will punish middle England.

Homes with roof terraces, balconies, gardens, patios and a scenic view will get extra penalties.

As the paper adds it sounds reminiscent of the hated 1696 Window Tax – which people avoided by bricking up their windows.

Shadow Local Government Secretary Caroline Spelman told the Mail on Sunday:

"Gordon Brown's council tax inspectors have been caught red-handed preparing the way for massive tax rises on middle England after the Election, to fill the black hole in Britain's ruined public finances. There is now cast-iron proof of a council tax revaluation by stealth. Only Labour would think of taxing people for looking out of their own windows. Conservatives will scrap these tax-raising plans and abolish tax inspectors' rights of entry into your home."