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Council Tax

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 475W, on council tax, how much gross council tax revenue in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms in 2008-09 prices was raised by each local billing authority in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 2008-09. (323109)

I have today placed in the Library of the House a table containing details of the amount of gross council tax revenue in (a) cash and (b) real terms at 2008-09 prices raised in each local authority area in England in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 2008-09.

The data are taken from the Quarterly Return of Council Tax and Non-domestic rates (QRC4) forms completed annually by all billing authorities in England and the real terms data are given at 2008-09 prices using the retail price index.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 985W, on council tax: billing, what the cost was of each of the two telephone surveys. (323187)

The telephone surveys undertaken as part of the review of the operation of the 2008 regulations governing the inclusion of efficiency information on and with council tax bills were carried out by existing members of staff in the Department in the course of their normal activities; no additional costs were incurred by the Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations his Department has received from trade unions on proposals for a council tax freeze in the last 12 months. (323309)