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Council Tax: Second Homes

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of houses were registered as second homes for council tax purposes in each county in each year since 1997. (256458)

Details of the number of properties registered as second homes for council tax purposes, and the percentage of the total number of homes this represents, in each county in England since 2004 are given in the following table. Information for previous years is not available.

November 2004October 2005October 2006October 2007October 2008

Second homes

Percentage of total

Second homes

Percentage of total

Second homes

Percentage of total

Second homes

Percentage of total

Second homes

Percentage of total

Bedfordshire

461

0.3

527

0.3

812

0.5

720

0.4

732

0.4

Buckinghamshire

1,028

0.5

978

0.5

995

0.5

1,014

0.5

1,078

0.5

Cambridgeshire

2,163

0.9

2,240

0.9

2,072

0.8

2.043

0.8

2,064

0.8

Cheshire

1.548

0.5

1,760

0.6

2,122

0.7

2,543

0.8

2.595

0.8

Cornwall

13,509

5.7

13,221

5.6

13,040

5.4

13,201

5.4

13,603

5.5

Cumbria

7,865

3.4

7,906

3.4

8,372

3.6

8,084

3.4

8,196

3.5

Derbyshire

1,792

0.5

1,759

0.5

1.794

0.5

1,733

0.5

1,896

0.6

Devon

12,191

3.7

12,015

3.6

11,550

3.5

11,233

3.3

11,214

3.3

Dorset

6,178

3.3

6,385

3.4

6.342

3.4

6,257

3.3

6,439

3.4

Durham

651

0.3

799

0.4

615

0.3

707

0.3

700

0.3

East Sussex

5,049

2.2

4,969

2.1

4,834

2.1

4,749

2.0

4,730

2.0

Essex

4,429

0.8

4,279

0.7

4,585

0.8

4,621

0.8

4.458

0.8

Gloucestershire

3,124

1.2

3,049

1.2

3,040

1.2

3,133

1.2

3,200

1.2

Hampshire

4,311

0.8

4,603

0.9

4,430

0.8

4,436

0.8

4,581

0.8

Hertfordshire

2,123

0.5

2,493

0.6

2,433

0.5

2,509

0.6

2,611

0.6

Kent

7,192

1.2

6.672

1.1

6,466

1.1

6,255

1.0

8,287

1.3

Lancashire

2,799

0.6

3,098

0.6

2,861

0.6

2,795

0.5

2,799

0.5

Leicestershire

1,038

0.4

1,273

0.5

1,585

0.6

1,501

0.6

1,387

0.5

Lincolnshire

2.942

1.0

3,103

1.0

2,952

1.0

2.649

0.9

Z627

0.8

Norfolk

11,444

3.0

11,857

3.1

11,776

3.1

11,686

3.0

11,933

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North Yorkshire

6,690

2.6

7,024

2.7

7,057

2.7

7,055

2.6

7,390

2.7

Northamptonshire

1.196

0.4

1,087

0.4

1,084

0.4

1,057

0.4

1,071

0.4

Northumberland

2,766

2.0

2,805

2.0

2,798

2.0

2,767

1.9

2,887

2.0

Nottinghamshire

888

0.3

1,152

0.3

1,234

0.4

1,250

0.4

1,326

0.4

Oxfordshire

3,062

1.2

3.035

1.2

3,106

1.2

3,382

1.3

3.201

1.2

Shropshire

1,206

1.0

1,246

1.0

1,229

1.0

1,194

0.9

1,207

0.9

Somerset

3,007

1.3

2,973

1.3

2,925

1.3

2,820

1.2

2.858

1.2

Staffordshire

654

0.2

695

0.2

685

0.2

682

0.2

695

0,2

Suffolk

5,443

1.8

5,414

1.8

5,337

1.7

5,387

1.7

5,455

1.7

Surrey

3,534

0.8

4,090

0.9

3,623

0.8

3,424

0.7

3,574

0.8

Warwickshire

981

0.4

997

0.4

1,747

0.8

1,846

0.8

1,831

0.8

West Sussex

5,756

1.7

6,266

1.8

6,241

1.8

6.118

1.8

6,204

1.8

Wiltshire

1,835

1.0

1,983

1.0

2,199

1.1

2,161

1.1

2,139

1.1

Worcestershire

1,444

0.6

1,359

0.6

1,338

0.6

1,328

0.5

1,389

0.6

Total

130,299

1.3

133,112

1.3

133,279

1.3

132,340

1.3

136.357

1.3

The data are from a snapshot taken each year and are as recorded by each local authority in Council Tax Base returns submitted annually.