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Council Tax

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of unitary authorities which have set their absolute rate of council tax since the establishment of unitary local government arrangements. (268880)

All 56 unitary authorities in England have set their absolute rate of council tax in 2009-10. Details of the levels of council tax they set in 2009-10 are given in the statistical release Levels of Council Tax Set by Local Authorities : England 2009-10 that was published on the Communities and Local Government website on Thursday 26 March 2009. It can be found at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/counciltax200910

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much revenue was raised in absolute terms through the fire precept on council tax in each precepting authority in the last year for which figures are available. (268924)

Information on the council tax requirement of precepting fire authorities in England in 2007-08 is as shown:

Fire authority

Council tax requirement in 2007-08 (£000)

Avon Combined Fire Authority

19,068

Bedfordshire Combined Fire Authority

15,159

Berkshire Combined Fire Authority

16,142

Buckinghamshire Combined Fire Authority

14,924

Cambridgeshire Combined Fire Authority

13,812

Cheshire Combined Fire Authority

22,376

Cleveland Combined Fire Authority

9,377

Derbyshire Combined Fire Authority

19,461

Devon and Somerset Combined Fire Authority

37,856

Dorset Combined Fire Authority

15,413

Durham Combined Fire Authority

14,852

East Sussex Combined Fire Authority

21,864

Essex Combined Fire Authority

37,688

Greater Manchester Fire and CD Authority

37,508

Hampshire Combined Fire Authority

34,567

Hereford and Worcester Combined Fire Authority

17,868

Humberside Combined Fire Authority

19,888

Kent Combined Fire Authority

37,925

Lancashire Combined Fire Authority

26,707

Leicestershire Combined Fire Authority

14,676

Merseyside Fire and CD Authority

24,519

North Yorkshire Combined Fire Authority

16,376

Nottinghamshire Combined Fire Authority

20,601

Shropshire Combined Fire Authority

11,782

South Yorkshire Fire and CD Authority

20,241

Staffordshire Combined Fire Authority

21,227

Tyne and Wear Fire and CD Authority

22,412

West Midlands Fire and CD Authority

34,767

West Yorkshire Fire and CD Authority

31,661

Wiltshire Combined Fire Authority

13,371

Total

664,088

Source:

Communities and Local Government 2007-08 Revenue Outturn Forms.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average percentage change was in the council tax precepts levied by (a) district councils, (b) county councils, (c) London boroughs, (d) unitary authorities, (e) metropolitan boroughs and (f) police authorities since 1997-98. (268926)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Castle Point (Bob Spink) on 31 March 2009, Official Report, column 1043W.