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Council Tax: Unpaid Taxes

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much council tax was uncollected in cash terms (a) in England and (b) in each government office region in each year since 1996-97. (202644)

Details of the amount of council tax uncollected in cash terms in England and in each Government office region in each year since 1996-97 are shown in thousands in the following tables. The data relate to the non-collection of council tax within the year to which it relates. The table also shows the amount of uncollected council tax as a proportion of the total amount of council tax local authorities expected to collect if every taxpayer paid the full amount for which they are liable after discounts and benefit.

1996-971997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02

£000

%

£000

%

£000

%

£000

%

£000

%

£000

%

North East

22,757

5.5

23,354

5.2

25,685

5.2

26,227

5.0

27,948

5.0

27,280

4.6

North West

58,692

4.8

56,924

4.3

60,508

4.2

65,870

4.3

70,201

4.3

73,710

4.2

Yorkshire and the Humber

41,183

5.1

44,068

5.0

46,431

4.8

50,802

4.9

51,831

4.7

50,507

4.3

East Midlands

31,908

4.5

29,756

3.8

31,976

3.7

33,711

3.6

37,604

3.7

41,171

3.7

West Midlands

36,594

4.2

37,392

4.0

45,014

4.3

47,816

4.2

47,910

4.0

49,445

3.8

East of England

33,495

3.3

34,918

3.2

36,257

3.0

40,671

3.1

41,703

2.9

40,195

2.6

London

116,602

8.8

116,546

8.2

121,743

7.9

132,875

7.9

132,233

7.2

126,506

6.3

South East

45,715

2.9

48,585

2.9

55,397

2.9

62,963

3.0

64,801

2.8

66,370

2.7

South West

36,962

4.0

36,550

3.7

39,741

3.5

40,136

3.3

43,247

3.3

42,644

3.0

England

423,908

4.8

428,093

4.5

462,752

4.4

501,071

4.4

517,478

4.2

517,828

3.9

2002-032003-042004-052005-062006-07

£000

%

£000

%

£000

%

£000

%

£000

%

North East

28,299

4.3

28,215

4.0

30,442

4.0

28,197

3.5

28,773

3.4

North West

77,930

4.2

81,844

4.0

76,996

3.7

84,148

3.7

91,566

3.8

Yorkshire and the Humber

49,813

3.9

51,711

3.6

53,948

3.5

56,831

3.5

63,128

3.7

East Midlands

40,918

3.3

43,847

3.3

43,207

3.0

42,376

2.8

40,447

2.6

West Midlands

52,159

3.6

50,364

3.2

50,002

3.0

53,645

3.1

57,801

3.1

East of England

43,921

2.5

49,732

2.5

52,106

2.4

52,576

2.3

51,735

2.2

London

127,462

6.0

149,103

5.9

151,211

5.6

144,288

5.1

146,765

4.9

South East

65,384

2.4

80,210

2.6

82,956

2.5

82,518

2.3

84,509

2.3

South West

44,812

2.8

46,756

2.6

49,622

2.5

47,259

2.3

48,521

2.2

England

530,698

3.6

581,782

3.5

590,490

3.4

591,838

3.2

613,245

3.1

Collection of council tax continues once the financial year to which the tax relates has ended. This means that the final amount uncollected is somewhere between the figures shown here and zero.

The data are derived from data reported on QRC4 forms submitted annually by all billing authorities to Communities and Local Government and its predecessor Departments.