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Council Tax

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by how much council tax (a) bills and (b) receipts increased in (i) absolute percentage terms and (ii) real terms in England between 1997-98 and 2009-10 according to figures held by the Office for National Statistics. (285249)

According to statistical returns made to Communities and Local Government, between 1997-98 and 2009-10, average council tax bills for a band-D property in England rose by 106 per cent. in absolute terms and by 52 per cent. in real terms. Decisions about the level of council tax are a matter for individual local authorities and will rightly reflect the priorities of their local communities.

Between 1997-98 and 2008-09 receipts of council tax in England increased by 125 per cent. in absolute terms and by 66 per cent. in real terms. Data for 2009-10 are not yet available.

The Office for National Statistics does not collect information about council tax.

Between 1997-98 and 2007-08 central Government grants, consisting of revenue support grant, redistributed national non-domestic rates, police grant, general GLA grant and special and specific grants, to local authorities in England increased by 96 per cent. in absolute terms and by 45 per cent. in real terms. Data for 2008-09 and 2009-10 are not yet available.