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Armed Forces: Council Tax

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are entitled to the council tax exemption on his Department's homes. (158109)

Based on current deployment numbers, it is estimated that some 3,000 Service personnel with Service Families Accommodation will initially be eligible for the council tax relief payment, increasing to some 5,000 next year when the relief will cover those on operational deployments beyond Iraq and Afghanistan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces will be entitled to the new council tax discount on homes not owned by his Department for troops serving abroad. (158110)

Based on current deployment numbers, it is estimated that some 5,000 Service personnel with private accommodation will initially be eligible for the council tax relief payment, increasing to some 7,500 next year when the relief will cover those on operational deployments beyond Iraq and Afghanistan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to increase the level of the discount for members of the armed forces serving abroad on operational duty each year in line with council tax inflation. (158111)

The level of payment will be updated annually based on the average council tax per dwelling in England.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the council tax rebate for serving personnel in the armed forces will come into effect. (158615)