(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:
No estimate is available for 1997-98.