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Domestic Rates

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the simulated average effective tax rate that would notionally have been levied on domestic rates bills in respect of the (a) district and (b) regional rate in (i) Northern Ireland as a whole and (ii) each district in Northern Ireland in 2006-07. (86816)

The simulated average district rate for 2006-07 is 0.00258 or £2.58 per £1,000 of capital value, while the regional rate is simulated to be 0.00340 or £3.40 per £,000 of capital value. This gives an overall average rate of 0.00598 or £5.98 per £1,000 of capital value. This estimate simulates what domestic rates would have been in 2006-07 had capital values been in place. Individual district rates are shown in the table.

Simulation of domestic capital value rates for 2006-07

District rate (pence)

Regional rate (pence)

Total rate (pence)

Total rate per £1,000 of CV

Antrim

0.00282

0.00340

0.00622

6.22

Ards

0.00241

0.00340

0.00581

5.81

Armagh

0.00305

0.00340

0.00645

6.45

Ballymena

0.00258

0.00340

0.00599

5.99

Ballymoney

0.00257

0.00340

0.00598

5.98

Banbridge

0.00293

0.00340

0.00634

6.34

Belfast

0.00234

0.00340

0.00575

5.75

Carrickfergus

0.00280

0.00340

0.00620

6.20

Castlereagh

0.00178

0.00340

0.00518

5.18

Coleraine

0.00239

0.00340

0.00579

5.79

Cookstown

0.00237

0.00340

0.00578

5.78

Craigavon

0.00322

0.00340

0.00662

6.62

Derry

0.00320

0.00340

0.00660

6.60

Down

0.00275

0.00340

0.00615

6.15

Dungannon

0.00221

0.00340

0.00561

5.61

Fermanagh

0.00200

0.00340

0.00540

5.40

Larne

0.00307

0.00340

0.00648

6.48

Limavady

0.00300

0.00340

0.00640

6.40

Lisburn

0.00223

0.00340

0.00563

5.63

Magherafelt

0.00214

0.00340

0.00555

5.55

Moyle

0.00303

0.00340

0.00643

6.43

Newry and Mourne

0.00267

0.00340

0.00607

6.07

Newtownabbey

0.00274

0.00340

0.00615

6.15

North Down

0.00213

0.00340

0.00554

5.54

Omagh

0.00308

0.00340

0.00648

6.48

Strabane

0.00287

0.00340

0.00627

6.27

Northern Ireland

0.00258

0.00340

0.00598

5.98

Notes: 1. Based on VLA domestic revaluation data at 26 May 2006. 2. Missing or zero capital values are omitted. 3. Rates based on 2006-07 rate revenues. 4. Simulates what domestic rates would have been in 2006-07 had capital values been in place. 5. For example, the average bill for a domestic property valued at £112,000 would be: 112,000 x 0.00598 = £669.80.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the latest estimate is of the average domestic rates bill per dwelling that will be paid in 2007-08 in (a) Northern Ireland as a whole and (b) each district in Northern Ireland. (86819)

The average rate bill for domestic properties in Northern Ireland in 2007-08 is estimated at £705. This figure takes into account the planned 6 per cent. increase in the regional rate between 2006-07 and 2007-08, but also assumes that the district rate set by councils will also increase by an average of 6 per cent. during this time.

The following table the information for each district council in Northern Ireland. Again, these assume that both regional and district rates will increase by 6 per cent. in 2007-08.

Average domestic rate bills (projected) 2007-08

£

Antrim

736

Ards

789

Armagh

724

Ballymena

678

Ballymoney

655

Banbridge

721

Belfast

699

Carrickfergus

661

Castlereagh

719

Coleraine

747

Cookstown

680

Craigavon

635

Down

771

Fermanagh

589

Larne

625

Limavady

668

Lisburn

737

Derry

668

Magherafelt

641

Moyle

776

Newry and Mourne

755

Newtownabby

687

North Down

901

Omagh

661

Strabane

564

Northern Ireland

705

It should also be noted that none of the estimates given take account of those households which will be in receipt of any of the domestic rate reliefs which will be available, such as housing benefit, the new rate relief scheme or transitional relief.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average domestic rates bill per dwelling was in (a) Northern Ireland as a whole and (b) each district in Northern Ireland in 2006-07. (86820)

The average domestic rate liability for properties in Northern Ireland in 2006-07, combining both regional and district rates, is estimated at £668.

The following table provides the information for each district council in Northern Ireland.

These estimates show only the average rate liability for properties, as information is not available on the level of housing benefit that each household may receive.

Average domestic rate liability 2006-07 (£)

Antrim

667

Ards

672

Armagh

689

Ballymena

663

Ballymoney

651

Banbridge

721

Belfast

580

Carrickfergus

671

Castlereagh

604

Coleraine

700

Cookstown

601

Craigavon

665

Down

690

Dungannon

563

Fermanagh

533

Larne

623

Limavady

662

Lisburn

667

Derry

661

Magherafelt

606

Movie

705

Newry and Mourne

658

Newtownabbey

670

North Down

761

Omagh

650

Strabane

571

Northern Ireland

668

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the latest estimate is of the net revenue to be raised from domestic rates in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. (86821)

Domestic rates consist of two elements, the Regional Rate, set by the Secretary of State on a uniform basis across Northern Ireland, and the district rate, set separately by each district council relevant to the location of the property The current estimates of total revenue to be raised from domestic rates in 2006-07 and 2007-08 are detailed in the table as follows.

Total estimated domestic rate revenue

£ million

1Regional rate

2District rate

2006-07

248.7

197.4

2007-08

269.9

Not yet available

1 Based on domestic Regional Rate increases of 19 per cent. in 2006-07 and 6 per cent. in 2007-08 as set out in Northern Ireland Priorities and Budget 2006-08.

2 District councils set their rate in February of the preceding year so figure for 2007-08 not yet available.

These estimates will be subject to revision as information is updated.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the expected change in the regional domestic rate levy is for 2007-08; and what the change was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2005-06. (86844)

The expected change in the regional domestic rate levy for 2007-08 is £21.2 million. The estimated changes in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2005-06 are £42.1 million and £26.3 million respectively.