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Charge Capping

Volume 170: debated on Friday 20 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report the precise criteria used to decide the extent of the budget reduction required for each local authority designated for charge capping in 1990–91.

The cap which my right hon. Friend has proposed for each designated authority reflects his view, on the basis of all the information available to him, of a reasonable and appropriate level of budget reduction for that authority in all its circumstances.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the local authorities which would have been subject to the capping of the community charge had his selection of expenditure levels not been included as a qualification.

[holding answer 18 April 1990]: It would not be right for me to speculate about the consequences of adopting some selection principles different from those which my right hon. Friend has determined and which he is satisfied are reasonable, appropriate and in accordance with the statute.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many district councils will be affected by his statement on capping which was given to the House on 3 April; what is the number of adults liable for the poll tax in each district council area and what is the total; what is the number of people eligible for rebates or transitional relief in each district council area and what is the total; and if he has any estimate of the likely costs of rebilling and recalculating for the total number of people affected.

[holding answer 18 April 1990]: My right hon. Friend designated 10 district councils for capping on 3 April 1990. Another 14 district councils (excluding Bristol which itself was designated) will be affected by capping by virtue of the designation of Avon and Derbyshire county councils. Following is a list of the district councils concerned together with the relevant population of each and the total. The Department does not have information about the numbers of people eligible for community charge benefit or transitional relief in each area.

(i) District Councils designated for capping
CouncilRelevant Population
Barnsley167,712
Basildon119,185
Bristol290,725
Calderdale143,540
Doncaster218,650
North Tyneside151,181
Rochdale158,227
Rotherham201,284
St. Helens136,039
Wigan231,410
Total1,817,953
(ii) Other District Councils affected by capping
CouncilRelevant Population
Bath57,700
Kingswood67,953
Northavon94,745
Wansdyke60,311
Woodspring140,098
Amber Valley86,949
CouncilRelevant Population
Bolsolver54,433
Chesterfield77,412
Derby164,676
Erewash83,899
High Peak63,382
North East Derbyshire75,126
South Derbyshire54,510
Derbyshire Dales53,569
Total1,134,763
Grand Total2,952,716
The Department estimates that the cost of issuing new charge bills, including recalculating community charge benefit and transitional relief as appropriate, would on average be about £200,000 per charging authority.