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Rates and Rating: Tax Collection

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the collection rates of (a) council tax or community charge and (b) non-domestic rates were in England in each year since 1985. (229887)

Details of the collection rates of council tax and non-domestic rates are published in both Statistical Releases and “Local Government Financial Statistics England”. Data for 2003-04 to 2007-08 are available in a Statistical Release available on the Communities and Local Government website at

http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/ctax/cp078.htm.

Data prior to 2003-04 are available in issues of “Local Government Financial Statistics England” copies of which are available in the Library of the House. Copies of “Local Government Financial Statistics England” No. 11 2000 onwards are also available on the Communities and Local Government website at

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

Collection of council taxes and non-domestic rates continues once the financial year to which they relate has ended. This means that the percentage collected will eventually be higher than the figure shown.