‘Gordon Brown will clobber the elderly with a savage pay-as-you-die tax bombshell that could force people to give up their home on their death, it can be revealed today. Millions of householders will be encouraged to sign away their estate to foot the bill for soaring council tax demands.
Under the scheme ratepayers can defer inflation-busting council tax payments until they die. Town hall chiefs will then be able claw back the cash, with interest, from the value of their estate. Over 20 years, for a couple with a typical home, that could amount to more than £73,000.’