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Council Tax

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Blaby of 8 July 2008, Official Report, column 1569-70W, on cost of living, what assessment the UK Statistics Authority has made of the effect of higher council tax on the cost of living since 1997. (221284)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 1 September 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question asking what assessment has been made of the effects of council tax on the cost of living since 1997. (221284)

Retail Prices Index (RPI) and the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), both measure the change in the prices of goods and services bought for the purpose of consumption by the vast majority of households in the UK. Of these the RPI is the only measure which includes council tax and rates.

For the period between June 1997 and June 2008 the council tax and rates increased by 95.9 per cent. Over the same period the RPI increased by 37.7 per cent.