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Volume 893: debated on Wednesday 11 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the average rate increase for domestic ratepayers between the financial years 1974–75 and 1975–76.

For England and Wales, I estimate that the average increase in the domestic rate levied for local authority services in 1975–76 over the rate levied in 1974–75 is 23 per cent. If we take into account last year's special domestic rate relief scheme the increase in the average amount paid by domestic ratepayers is 34 per cent.