Crucially, it would mean the family of the deceased having to stump of £170 for all non-coroner related deaths before the person is allowed to be buried.
Dead against it?
Nothing in life is certain but death and taxes, but the government is making sure you will not only be certain of death but of paying extra tax when you go - and before you're settled in the ground or urn.
What happens if the family refuse to pay? Would you continue to be stuck in the freezer, like an abandoned car, sucking down expensive state-funded electricity? There could be quite a stack of bodies.
Grim reaper the tax collectorFunerals are already expensive enough: funeral directors' fee; pallbearers, hearse, flowers, fee for the minister, a headstone possibly and its upkeep, plus all the council permissions - a line of outstretched hands.
Next, prepare to pay tax on a birth certificate, so you can be taxed both ends. Taxed as soon as you draw breath, and taxed once breath goes. Only a matter of time.