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Rates

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was collected in household rates in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what the average paid per household was in that period. (108843)

The net amount collected from domestic rates for each of the last five years and average paid per household is set out in the following table.

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Rates collected (£ million)

244.5

271

299.1

328.4

361.2

Household average (£)

354

386

419

457

490

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of how much he expects to be collected in household rates in Northern Ireland in each of the next three years under the new rating system; what he expects the average sum per household to be; and if he will make a statement. (108844)

For 2007-08, the total domestic revenue (for both district and regional rates) is projected to be £448.2 million, with the average household bill forecast to be £709.

The level of regional rates for all years beyond 2007-08 will be a matter for the assembly to decide as part of the Budget processes, and for district councils in the case of the district rate.