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Council Tax: Valuation

Volume 459: debated on Monday 16 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the administrative cost has been of (a) valuations, (b) appeals and (c) other costs of the council tax revaluation in Wales. (130573)

Revaluation was undertaken by the Valuation Office Agency and costs were met by the Agency out of the funding it receives from the Welsh Assembly Government. The total costs up to 31 March 2005 of delivering the revaluation were £5.198 million.

It is not possible separately to identify the cost of appeals from the Valuation Office Agency’s other local taxation work except at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the 2005 council tax revaluation in Wales was revenue-neutral. (130574)

The key aim of council tax revaluation and re-banding was not to increase the yield but to redistribute the council tax more fairly across the population of Wales, on the basis of more up-to-date property values.

The increase in council tax levy at Band D in 2005-06 was 3.8 per cent. This was the lowest increase since the introduction of council tax.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of properties in Wales moved from bands (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (f) F, (g) G and (h) H to each other band in the Welsh Council Tax revaluation. (130575)

The Valuation Office Agency holds the statistics of the properties in Wales that have moved bands following the council tax revaluation.

At a revaluation, bands are reviewed according to the physical characteristics of the dwelling when the list comes into effect (1 April 2005 in Wales). Therefore, some of the increases in banding will be as a result of physical changes that could not have been taken into account during the life of the 1993 lists because there had been no change of ownership since their completion.

The information requested is in the following table:

Revised A Bandings

Revised B Bandings

Revised C Bandings

Revised D Bandings

Revised E Bandings

Revised F Bandings

Revised G Bandings

Revised H Bandings

A

172,006

26,765

673

27

5

1

0

0

B

72,088

188,485

23,211

671

32

1

3

2

C

9,523

97,768

155,687

25,300

736

8

3

0

D

1,549

11,056

69,882

106,606

16,713

301

17

0

E

414

1,398

13,532

56,818

88,919

7,060

115

2

F

183

290

1,661

9,689

49,495

38,314

3,646

6

G

59

110

317

1,303

7,668

17,163

22,482

85

H

10

18

28

85

470

1,377

9,258

806

I

3

5

8

18

79

227

2,721

2,487