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Council Tax: Valuation

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the number of properties in Bands D and above that would move up a council tax band following a council tax revaluation in England, assuming no change to the number of bands. (127041)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that (a) energy efficiency measures, (b) local energy installations and (c) other home improvements are not considered when homes are valued for council tax purposes. (127051)

Provisions in the Council Tax (Alterations of Lists and Appeals) Regulations 1993, which have been in force since council tax was introduced, mean that adding energy efficient measures such as double glazing or cavity wall insulation, installing equipment such as micro wind turbines and solar panels, or making any other improvements to a property will have no effect on its current council tax banding.

If a property is sold, improvements may have an effect, but only if they are such that they push the value of the property into the next band range. Only substantial improvements would be likely to move a property up a band when it is sold. Energy efficiency measures are, in isolation, unlikely to do so.