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Council Tax: Appeals

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tax appeals the Valuation Tribunal Service has considered in each of the last five years; and how many resulted in a change to a lower band for the dwelling in question. (282751)

The Valuation Tribunal Service (VTS) has held information centrally on the number of successful appeals since the beginning of 2006-07 in England.

Number of council tax appeals received

Number of council tax appeals considered by tribunals

Number of council tax appeals allowed or allowed in part

Number of decisions resulting in a lower band

2004-05

24,422

n/a

n/a

n/a

2005-06

21,805

n/a

n/a

n/a

2006-07

27,130

5,274

646

n/a

2007-08

34,340

8,666

1,056

n/a

2008-09

6,950

5,624

887

722

n/a = Not available

Appeals to the VTS can be made about matters other than a property's banding. The VTS has held information centrally on whether appeals resulted in a change of banding only since 2008-09.

Council tax policy in Wales is a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government.