Council Tax

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Stephen Byers Stephen Byers Labour, North Tyneside

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the range of values would be for each council tax band at today's prices.

Photo of Nick Raynsford Nick Raynsford Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Local and Regional Government)

Using the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's quarterly index of house price movements, the average increase in prices in England from the second quarter (April–June) of 1991—approximately when the original council tax valuations were based—to the fourth quarter (October-December) of 2003 was 139 per cent.

If the current English council tax bands were uprated by this amount (and rounding to the nearest £5,000), the bands would be as follows:

Band A Up to 95,000
Band B 95,000 to 125,000
Band C 125,000 to 165,000
Band D 165,000 to 210,000
Band E 210,000 to 285,000
Band F 285,000 to 385,000
Band G 385,000 to 765,000
Band H Over 765,000

This index is based only on sales of property and may not fully reflect changes in the value of social housing.

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