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Council Tax

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2254W, on council tax: parish councils, and with reference to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1169W, for what reasons her Department is not able to calculate the average parish council tax precept; (203087)

(2) what the average parish precept on Band D council tax was in England in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98, averaged across parish areas only;

(3) if she will publish the methodology by which her Department has previously calculated the average Band D council tax parish precept in parished areas.

Information on precepts and band D council taxes set by individual parish and town councils is not collected by the Department. The only information on parish precepts reported to the Department by local authorities is the total amount of parish precepts due to be collected by each billing authority. For this reason, a precise average cannot be calculated.

Recent estimates are available in Local Government Financial Statistics England at:

http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/stats/

No estimate is available for 1997-98.