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Rates and Rating

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) council tax or community charge and (b) non-domestic rate revenue was written off in England in each year since 1985. (229886)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 23 October 2008, Official Report, column 478W, about council tax write offs.

Details of the amount of non-domestic rates written off each year since 1996-97 can be found in table 2.3e of “Local Government Financial Statistics England No.13 2002” & table 2.3j of “Local Government Financial Statistics England No.18 2008” both of which are available on the Communities and Local Government website at

The amounts written off relate to council tax or non-domestic rates payable for both the current year and for previous years.

Some authorities net off against write-offs moneys collected that had previously been written off. This can result in a negative total figure for amounts written off in a particular year.