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Council Tax

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 775W, on council tax, if he will take steps to ensure the Valuation Office Agency’s council tax banding support tool is used to identify and correct errors in the council tax banding list. (292862)

The council tax banding support tool is not a suitable tool for such a use. It is accessed through cases on individual properties and provides information about comparable bandings and settlements. It does not make decisions but provides information to valuers to help them make decisions. Raising cases and generating this information for over 22.7 million properties (in England) would be impractical and very resource intensive.