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Council Tax

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the parish councils proposed for London will be able to levy a parish precept on council tax. (103944)

As in other areas, it will be up to local people in London to decide if they want a parish council set up in their area. Parish councils in London will be able to levy a precept in the same way as other town and parish councils.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Eastbourne borough council raised in council tax in each of the last 10 years. (105109)

The council tax received by Eastbourne borough council in each of the last 10 years is shown in the following table. The figures shown for each year include both arrears received for previous years and prepayment of council tax for subsequent years.

£000

1996-97

17,175

1997-98

18,692

1998-99

20,275

1999-2000

22,034

2000-01

23,694

2001-02

27,640

2002-03

28,675

2003-04

34,439

2004-05

37,163

2005-06

40,362

The data are as reported on QRC4 forms submitted by all billing authorities to the Department for Communities and Local Government each year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many summonses were issued by each local authority in England for non-payment of council tax in 2004-05; what percentage change there was in each figure since 1999-2000; and what percentage the number of summonses in 2004-05 represented of all council tax payers in each case. (107999)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 23 November 2006, Official Report, column 212W to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws).