UK: Details of every garden in England have been put on a database by government officials. The aim is to use the information to justify increased council tax bills after the election.
The ‘garden tax’ database uses Geographical Information System and records even minor features of the land a home occupies. For example it shows if a driveway is shared and the size of side passages at end-of-terrace houses.
It will tell councils setting local taxes if they should increase their bills because a home has a good view, for example of a golf course or a lake. The database has been prepared by the Valuation Office Agency which values homes for council tax and gives advice to ministers. Its existence was disclosed following Freedom of Information requests.
The system, which is still collecting data, is scheduled to be available in July to provide extra information for the agency’s ‘automated valuation model’ which already provides basic details of the 21.7million homes in England.
Source: Daily Mail