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Council Tax: Valuation

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 22 June 2009, Official Report, column 662W, on council tax: valuation, whether the council tax banding support tool will be linked with the Valuation Office Agency's Geographical Information System; and whether the tool utilises (a) dwellingcode and value significant code data and (b) analysis derived from the Automated Valuation Model. (305750)

There will be no direct link between the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA's) council tax banding support tool and its Geographic Information System when the latter is implemented.

An automated selection process within the banding support tool identifies properties which are closely comparable to a given subject property. This process makes use of (a) dwelling house code data (i.e. property details), which includes value significant code data; but not (b) analysis derived from the VOA's Automated Valuation Models.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 840W, on council tax: valuation, how many times the Valuation Office Agency has reduced the council tax banding of a dwelling due to the presence of a nearby Traveller encampment in the last 12 months. (307066)