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Council Tax: Rates and Rating

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 894-95W, on council tax: valuation, how many dwellings in Wales had their council tax banding amended by the 2005 council tax revaluation. (211653)

Statistics showing the revised property bandings that resulted from the 2005 valuation are shown in the following table.

Number

Revised A bandings

A

172,006

B

72,088

C

9,523

D

1,549

E

414

F

183

G

59

H

10

I

3

Revised B bandings

A

26,765

B

188,485

C

97,768

D

11,056

E

1,398

F

290

G

110

H

18

I

5

Revised C bandings

A

673

B

23,211

C

155,687

D

69,882

E

13,532

F

1,661

G

317

H

28

I

8

Revised D bandings

A

27

B

671

C

25,300

D

106,606

E

56,818

F

9,689

G

1,303

H

85

I

18

Revised E bandings

A

5

B

32

C

736

D

16,713

E

88,919

F

49,495

G

7,668

H

470

I

79

Revised F bandings

A

1

B

1

C

8

D

301

E

7,060

F

38,314

G

17,163

H

1,377

I

227

Revised G bandings

A

0

B

3

C

3

D

17

E

115

F

3,646

G

22,482

H

9,258

I

2,721

Revised H bandings

A

0

B

2

C

0

D

0

E

2

F

6

G

85

H

806

I

2,487

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 15 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1682-83W, on council tax: valuation, how many dwellings have changed band since the 2005 revaluation, in terms of moving (a) up a band or more and (b) down a band or more. (211832)

Pursuant to my answer of 15 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1682-83W, 1.55 per cent. of bandings were changed as a result of challenges during the period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2007. All of these changes would have resulted in a property moving down one or more bands as where, on reassessment, no reduction in banding is found to be appropriate, the taxpayer is invited to withdraw their appeal.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the banding amendments that have been made in Cardiff by the Valuation Office Agency subsequent to the 2005 council tax revaluation; and how many dwellings in Cardiff have seen their original bandings move to a higher band. (211925)

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost at the moment but the Valuation Office Agency are currently developing the capability to provide this information and it will available in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what role the Welsh Assembly Government plays in the valuation of properties for council tax purposes; and how responsibilities are divided between the Valuation Office Agency, Welsh Assembly Government, his Department, the Department for Communities and Local Government and HM Treasury. (211926)

The Welsh Assembly Government are responsible for local government in Wales and as such can request the revaluation of properties within the provisions of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. The Valuation Office Agency is responsible for compiling and maintaining council tax valuation lists for all homes in Wales.

No other Government body has any responsibility for the valuation of properties in Wales.