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Increased Assessment, Manchester

Volume 154: debated on Monday 15 May 1922

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asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that in the Didsbury district of Manchester occupiers who were obliged to buy houses to live in were penalised in 1920–21 by the assessments of such houses being largely increased, while the assessments of the great body of occupiers were untouched; that the people concerned have not been allowed to appeal against the increased assessment, and that this decision applies specifically in the case of Mr. Carter, of 22, Elm Road, Didsbury, who has been refused the right of appeal; and whether he will inquire into this particular case and take such steps as will insure the appeal of Mr. Carter being heard?

My attention has been drawn to the particular case referred to in the question. It was open to this ratepayer to object to the increased assessment, but I understand that he failed to lodge an appeal within the proper time. I have no power to take any action which would enable the appeal now to be heard.