THE Tories will this week seek to increase the pressure on the Assembly Government over council tax with a claim that homes with nicer views were left with bigger bills after the controversial 2005 revaluation.
The party believes that many householders are still angry at the revaluation process - which has been put on hold in England by nervous ministers. One in three homes were placed in a higher tax band as a result of the process, and there have been 18,000 objections.
Now the handbook used by the Valuation Office Agency has been made public, and it reveals inspectors were told to take into account whether properties were near shops or public transport or had pleasant views.
Although the guidance related only to mobile or park homes rather than conventional houses, the Tories say it reveals council tax to be "the cruellest stealth tax of all".
The WAG insists the council tax revaluation went more smoothly than similar exercises in the past, with fewer complaints than expected.
Cheryl Gillan, the Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, said, "Council tax has been used by Labour as a devious, despicable way to hike up council tax bills."