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Council Tax

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the Greater London population paid council tax in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage qualified for discounts. (87115)

The number of chargeable dwellings liable for council tax in Greater London as at November 2005 was 3,108,000 of which 1,281,000 dwellings (41.2 per cent.) were entitled to a discount.

The number of chargeable dwellings and those entitled to a discount are taken from the CTB1 forms submitted to this Department by all 33 London billing authorities including the City of London.

The number of individuals liable for council tax cannot be accurately determined from these or other sources.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much council tax was raised in the last year for which figures are available. (87156)

The council tax received by local authorities in England in 2005-06 was £18,419 million. This figure excludes amounts funded by council tax benefit and includes both arrears received for previous years and prepayment of council tax for subsequent years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of administering the council tax system in the latest year for which figures are available. (87158)

Net current expenditure on administering the council tax system for 2004-05 by local authorities in England is tabled as follows.

£ million

Council tax collection

340.9

Council tax benefits administration

277.5

Total

618.4

The data are as reported by local authorities and are taken from Revenue Outturn (RO) returns for 2004-05.

Net current expenditure is defined as gross expenditure on employees and running expenses, less income from sales, fees and charges, and ‘other income’.

The council tax collection figures also include any costs relating to collection of arrears of pre-1990 domestic rates and community charges.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the Valuation Office Agency’s council tax people’s panel reports and summaries from the last 24 months. (87348)

The results from the Valuation Office Agency’s council tax people’s panels, for the now postponed council tax revaluation in England, are for input to the formulation and development of Government policy and it is not therefore appropriate to place these in the public domain.