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Council Tax

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Onger of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 533W, on council tax, what methodology her Department used to calculate the average parish council tax precept of £45 on Band D, as referred to in the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1169W, on council tax; and if she will use the same methodology to calculate a figure for 2008-09. (255009)

The methodology used to estimate the average Band D parish council tax precept is based on assumptions set out in local government financial statistics England, as referred to in the answer of 2 June 2008.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer given to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 972W, in respect of 2008-09.