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Local Government Finance

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number currently employed by (a) central Government and (b) local government, who have been directly related to the collection of (i) domestic rates and (ii) the poll tax in 1987–88, 1988–89 and 1989–90.

The collection of domestic rates was the responsibility of regional and islands councils as is the collection of the community charge. Figures for the numbers of local government staff involved in these functions are not held centrally. Central Government staff are not involved in the collection of the community charge any more than they were involved in the collection of domestic rates. The numbers of such staff primarily involved in policy issues affecting these matters has fluctuated within the period, generally within the range of eight to 10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of poll tax payers by region, in Scotland at the latest date; what is the number who are (a) one instalment behind, (b) two instalments behind, (c) three instalments behind, and (d) the account is statutorily in arrears.

The number of people included on the community charges registers as liable to pay the community charge as at September 1989 was as follows:

Regional/Islands CouncilNumber liable (to nearest 100)
Borders78,000
Central206,400
Dumfries and Galloway111,400
Fife269,000
Grampian378,000
Highland147,800
Lothian604,700
Strathclyde1,762,200
Tayside295,600
Orkney14,300
Shetland16,000
Western Isles22,300
The other information requested is not held centrally.