LETTER: Madness I UNDERSTAND the Governmentbacked scheme to tax people who are keeping multiple properties empty when the country is in dire need of housing.

I lost my dad and am trying to sell his McCarthy Stone one-bed lovely apartment in Grappenhall.

After reducing the price to £105,000, 59 per cent of the purchase price, and paying management fees, service charges and 100 per cent council tax, we then get an invoice to say we now have to pay 200 per cent.

Has the world gone mad?

The unsympathetic lad at the council tersely told me that half of the people paying 200 per cent have extenuating circumstances.