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Council Tax: Valuation

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) estimated cost, (b) completion date and (c) function is of the Valuation Office Agency's council tax list maintenance - banding support tool database. (199019)

As part of its investment in modern technology to deliver a more efficient and cost-effective service to the public, the Valuation Office Agency has recently introduced its banding support tool to support current council tax list maintenance. This has been delivered on time (delivery date 27 March 2008) and within budget (at £995,000). Simply stated, it assists decision making by VOA staff in relation to new or altered bandings by automatically identifying the most relevant comparable properties. This aids speed and consistency.