Disclosure of the “revaluation
handbook” follows months of concern over the powers available to 4,300
staff of the Valuation Office Agency, the quango in charge of putting homes
right across the country into council tax bands, and the methods they use.
The “illustrated guide” for
council tax inspectors (Govt. snoopers) has been made public following Freedom
of Information requests after months of stalling by ministers. They claimed
that since it contains pictures of real homes it could not be published
“in order to protect privacy“.
“Ministers have shown shocking
contempt for Parliament by refusing to reveal their sinister handbook. No
wonder they are now clamping down on the Freedom of Information laws which
secured its release.”
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