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Rating Reform

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what, assuming the full replacement of rates by the community charge and the implementation of the proposals in the Local Government Finance Bill for non-domestic rates and the grant system, in 1988–89 (a) for Wales, (b) for each class of local authority and (c) for each local authority, showing precepting authorities separately the following items in pounds per adult would be: (i) the community charge without safety net, (ii) the safety net, (iii) needs grant, (iv) redistributed non-domestic rate revenue, showing also the corresponding 1988–89 domestic rate poundage and in pounds per adult the average rate bill and local authority expenditure.

[holding answer 28 March 1988]: Illustrative figures are given in the following table. These figures are provisional and will be updated as better information is received from local authorities. Calculations have been based on present needs assessments which are under review. The expenditure of individual community councils is not available and has been included with the appropriate district council's expenditure. The Government no longer propose to pay separate needs and standard grants to authorities. These have been replaced by a single revenue support grant as shown in column 3 of the table. Average rate bills per adult are on a basis comparable with the community charge figures and exclude any use of balances.

Community Charge per adult

Revenue Support Grant per adult

Non-domestic Rate Revenue per adult

Domestic Rate Poundage

Safety Net (County and District) per adult

Average Rate Bill per adult

Expenditure per adult








Ynys Mon247229227·82-24154125
Cynon Valley189829246·7348108145
Merthyr Tydfil3011229254·7644124171
Rhymney Valley347229258·9733139135
Taff Ely266229255·8318145116
Radnor115129213 42-1113591
Vale of Glamorgan115729213·48-4516696
Port Talbot428029283·8251154150
Lliw Valley225629285·8343142107
Mid Glamorgan137407152257·05696
South Glamorgan110376152208·80638
West Glamorgan164377152291·35692
Total counties128390152238·77670
Total Wales150465180238 77794