Double taxation is unfair
There should be no increases to council tax on the basis of home improvements or perceived added value from location. I understand the Valuations Office Agency, part of HMRC have been accumulating large amounts of information on millions of properties for this future purpose. I understand this has been piloted in Northern Ireland. Increases to council tax because you have added a conservatory or swimming pool and increased the value of the property would represent double taxation as VAT would have been paid on the supply and installation of the home improvement. Similarly a home in a good school catchment area or with a rural outlook or in a desirable suburb or village would have been reflected in the purchase price resulting in higher stamp duty for most properties.