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Council Tax

Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) county council, (b) local authority and (c) police council tax contribution, as applicable, for each local authority in England in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 1996–97; and what the percentage change has been since 1996–97. [107952]

A table setting out the county council, billing authorities' own and police authority contribution to each billing authority's area council tax has been placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the reasons for the divergence among local authorities in the percentage of total revenue expenditure raised through council tax; [108107](2) which local authorities raised 50 per cent. of their total revenue expenditure through council tax in 2001–02. [108106]

One of the main reasons for the divergence among local authorities in the percentage of total expenditure raised through council tax is the varying extent to which authorities are dependent upon central Government grants. The distribution of grant between local authorities takes account of authorities' relative circumstances, in terms of both their need to spend and their ability to raise resources from council tax.It is, however, for local authorities to determine their revenue expenditure and council tax levels. Ultimately, they are answerable to their local electorates for their decisions. They should be seeking the views of their taxpayers about the level of tax that they will bear, and where their money is spent.St. Albans district council budgeted to raise 50 per cent. of its revenue expenditure through council tax in 2001–02. In addition, the following local authorities budgeted to raise more than 50 per cent. of their revenue expenditure through council tax in 2001–02:

  • Aylesbury Vale district council
  • Blaby district council
  • Castle Point borough council
  • Chiltern district council
  • Congleton borough council
  • East Dorset district council
  • East Hampshire district council
  • Elmbridge borough council
  • Harborough district council
  • Harrogate borough council
  • Huntingdonshire district council
  • Macclesfield borough council
  • North Hertfordshire district council
  • Reigate and Banstead borough council
  • Rochford district council
  • South Bedfordshire district council
  • South Northamptonshire district council
  • South Oxfordshire district council
  • Stroud district council
  • Tandridge district council
  • Uttlesford district council
  • Waverley borough council
  • Wealden district council
  • West Wiltshire district council
  • Wychavon district council