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Council Tax: Valuation

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the next revaluation for council tax purposes will take place. (282384)

We have repeatedly made it clear that the council tax revaluation in England has been postponed and that we will not consider the matter again before 2010-11.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings in England were moved into a higher council tax band as a result of a revaluation of the property when the property was sold in the last year for which figures are available. (282952)

There is no revaluation taking place. The Valuation Office Agency is only required to review council tax bands when a property sells if it has previously been improved. There were approximately 22.7 million dwellings in England in 2008-09, of which 8,406 (0.04 per cent.) were reviewed and moved into a higher council tax band in that year, and 33,725 (0.15 per cent.) were reviewed but remained in the same band.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency’s new Geographical Information System will be used to assist with council tax valuations and revaluations. (282953)

The proposed GIS application is intended to support a variety of the VOA’s valuation responsibilities, including council tax valuations. There is no council tax revaluation taking place.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 298W, on council tax: valuation, if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each meeting, redacting elements relating to advice to Ministers on the formulation and development of Government policy. (283021)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to her by my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham, East and Saddleworth (Mr. Woolas), on 27 April 2006, Official Report, column 1285W.