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Council Tax

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Band D council tax fire precept was in the last year for which figures are available. (268925)

Details of the Band D council tax fire precept for each fire authority in England for 2009-10 can be found 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 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 many homes were revalued for council tax purposes at the point of sale in each region in each year since 1997; and how many such homes were revalued to (a) a higher band, (b) a lower band and (c) the same council tax band. (270362)

The Valuation Office Agency is only required to review council tax bands at the point of sale when a property has previously been improved.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes to a property would count as a material increase for the purposes of council tax re-banding. (270411)

A “material increase” is defined in law as

“any increase in the value of a dwelling which is caused (in whole or in part) by any building, engineering or other operation carried out in relation to the dwelling, whether or not constituting development for which planning permission is required.”

However, any increase in value will not affect the council tax band unless there has been a subsequent “relevant transaction” which is defined as

“a transfer on sale of the fee simple, a grant of a lease for a term of seven years or more, or a transfer on sale of such a lease.”

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been raised by each type of precepting authority in council tax revenue in England in each year since 1997. (270412)

Details of the council tax requirement set by each type of precepting authority in England for the period 1997-98 to 2005-06 are given in the following table. Corresponding data for the period 2006-07 to 2009-10 are available in the statistical releases ‘Levels of council tax set by local authorities in England’ that can be found on the Communities and Local Government website at:

http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/ct.htm

Council tax set by precepting authorities 1997-98 to 2005-06

£000

Class of authority

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Combined fire authorities

415,455

434,671

Combined police authorities

172,954

173,653

191,565

211,208

227,355

276,053

373,335

422,894

447,419

Metropolitan fire authorities

81,492

86,790

95,595

101,807

107,926

117,755

137,823

147’861

155,951

Metropolitan police authorities

178,704

178,253

188,843

200,104

210,879

237,470

283,579

313,884

333,149

Shire police authorities

365,897

404,250

446,970

465,404

552,790

652,402

827,645

932,239

986,916

Shire county councils

4,566,702

4,267,182

4,666,977

5,425,945

5,831,319

6,427,485

7,355,064

7,505,589

7,950,454

The Metropolitan Police Authority

181,828

222,264

241,317

London fire brigade

65,994

68,992

74,803

Greater London authority

335,706

412,189

481.351

626,054

683,741

727,400

Total

5,613,571

5,401,384

5,906,070

6,740,174

7,342,458

8,192,516

9,603,500

10,421,663

11,035,960

The data are taken from the budget requirement forms that were submitted annually to Communities and Local Government, and its predecessor departments by all billing and precepting authorities in England.

Due to reorganisation and changes in local authority responsibilities, comparisons across years may not be valid.