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Council Tax: Valuation

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, column 879W, on council tax, how many homes were revalued for council tax purposes at the point of sale following property improvements in each region in each year since 1997; and how many such homes were revalued to (a) a higher, (b) a lower and (c) the same council tax band. (276551)

The Valuation Office Agency is required to review council tax bands at the point of sale when a property has previously been improved. This review will result in either a band increase or the band remaining unaltered. The number of properties reviewed and the outcome of this review, for each year since 1997, broken down into Government regions for England, are as follows:

East MidlandsEast of EnglandLondonNorth EastNorth West

31 March to 1 April

Band increased

Band unaltered

Band increased

Band unaltered

Band increased

Band unaltered

Band increased

Band unaltered

Band increased

Band unaltered

1997-98

313

1,497

688

2,286

275

1,037

186

779

316

1,484

1998-99

286

1,268

755

1,814

287

1,120

190

735

389

1,547

1999-2000

563

2,570

974

4,115

469

1,582

255

1,369

669

3,768

2000-01

472

2,269

753

3,483

411

2,025

275

1,378

669

3,206

2001-02

581

2,791

1,003

4,481

376

2,418

428

1,837

913

3,574

2002-03

639

3,556

1,186

4,972

800

4,604

428

1,799

933

4,596

2003-04

707

4,069

1,181

4,832

751

4,650

359

1,968

782

4,827

2004-05

709

5,526

1,438

6,725

847

4,327

336

2,278

847

5,837

2005-06

867

6,009

1,956

7,497

1,232

5,664

364

2,334

979

5,986

2006-07

852

5,076

2,029

7,136

1,406

4,639

432

2,458

949

5,869

2007-08

1262

6,891

3,236

9,626

2,923

7,217

750

3,279

1,540

8,375

2008-09

558

3,231

1,379

5,589

1,305

3,243

283

1,500

724

3,604

South EastSouth WestWest MidlandsYorkshire and The Humber

31 March to 1 April

Band increased

Band unaltered

Band increased

Band unaltered

Band increased

Band unaltered

Band increased

Band unaltered

1997-98

1,386

3,121

833

1,757

376

1,228

203

928

1998-99

890

2,760

742

1,580

441

1,274

204

1,690

1999-2000

1,288

5,731

982

3,112

556

2,455

410

1,691

2000-01

1,288

5,492

886

3,089

652

2,555

385

1,543

2001-02

1,464

6,742

727

3,777

540

2,618

595

2,206

2002-03

1,961

8,660

998

4,801

557

3,621

499

2,404

2003-04

1,619

7,139

853

4,334

675

3,733

555

2,988

2004-05

2,072

10,379

1,194

5,754

770

4,315

646

3,838

2005-06

2,543

11,936

1,304

6,996

999

5,517

756

4,435

2006-07

2,857

11,217

1,519

7,065

1,005

5,097

868

4,588

2007-08

4,611

15,296

2,333

9,453

1,438

6,703

1,305

5,446

2008-09

1,868

6,743

970

4,193

664

3,164

655

2,458