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Council Tax

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the speech made by the Minister for Local Government to the Local Government Association on 2 July 2008, what the timetable for the review of the enforcement of council tax is; what the terms of reference of the review are; and what plans she has to introduce proposals to amend legislation in this regard. (251968)

I announced on 2 July 2008 that I am working with the Ministry of Justice to look at new ways to collect and enforce council tax, in particular by allowing councils to transfer council tax debts from magistrates to county courts. Any necessary legislation will be introduced as parliamentary time allows.

Annex D of the Council Tax Collection Good Practice Report of 2004, summarises good collection practice for council tax. The report is published on Communities and Local Government website at:

www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/ctax/goodprac.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of new homes built in each year since 1990 have been in each council tax band. (253240)

The following table sets out the percentage of new homes in each council tax band by the year they first appeared in a council tax valuation list in England. As valuation lists were not compiled until 1 April 1993, no figures are available before that date.

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

1993-94

19.9

20.6

22.0

15.6

11.2

5.9

4.1

0.7

1994-95

19.0

19.2

20.6

16.6

12.0

6.9

5.0

0.7

1995-96

17.7

17.4

20.2

16.7

13.3

7.9

5.9

0.9

1996-97

16.5

16.0

19.9:

17.0

14.4

8.5

6.7

1.0

1997-98

14.7

14.3

19.0;

17.6

15.7

10.0

7.7

1.2

1998-99

14.3

13.3

18.1

18.6

16.6

10^2

7.6

1.3

1999-2000

12.7

13.0

18.2

19.0

17.2

10.8

7.7

1.3

2000-01

12.4

i3.0

17.6

19.5

17.9

10.7

7.8

1.2

2001-02

12.4

13.8

18.4

19.1

17.7

10.1

7.5

1.1

2002-03

12.2

14.3

19.8

20.0

16.1

10.1

6.5

1.0

2003-04

12.8

15.6

21.2

20.1

14.9

8.6

5.9

0.9

2004-05

13.7

17.4;

22.8

20.3

13.2

7.3

4.6

0.8'

2005-06

15.5

19.9

24.0

18.3

11.3

6.1

4.1

0.8

2006-07

16.8

21.7

24.2:

17.4

10.1

5.6

3.5

0.7

2007-08

18.3

22.9

24.0

17.0

9.4

4.8

3.0

0.6

2008-09

20.2

23.8

23.1

16.4

8.5

4.4

2.8

0.8