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Council Tax: Appeals

Volume 471: debated on Friday 1 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what adjustments in cash terms have been made to the collection funds of each billing authority in England as a result of successful council tax appeals by the householder in (a) 2006-07 and (b) so far in 2007-08. (183212)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tax appeals relating to England have been considered in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 to date by the Valuation Tribunal Service; and what proportion and how many resulted in a lower council tax banding for the householder. (183222)

The Valuation Tribunal Service (VTS) has held information centrally on the number of successful appeals since the beginning of 2006-07.

Number of council tax appeals received

Number of council tax appeals considered by tribunals

Percentage of considered appeals that were allowed or allowed in part









2007-08 (to 31 December 2007)




n/a = not available

It is wrong to assume that all banding appeals are about reducing a property’s banding. An appeal can be made on other grounds, such as how a previously single dwelling should be split up into a number of separate units (e.g. flats), and from what date the change should appear in the valuation list. The VTS does not currently keep information on whether allowing an appeal, in full or in part, results in a change of banding.