Valuation Office

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total estimated expenditure has been by the Valuation Office Agency on its automated valuation model on (a) consultancy costs, (b) payments to CapGemini and CLT, (c) hardware costs, (d) staffing costs and (e) other costs.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Local Government & Community Cohesion), Department for Communities and Local Government

Prior to postponement of the council tax revaluation in England, announced in September 2005, expenditure on developing the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA's) automated valuation model (AVM) amounted to some £10 million. Since that time approximately £3.2 million has been spent by the VOA on consultancy and IT development, hardware and support costs associated with securing the investment in the AVM. This will allow the AVM to be used as a support for the Agency's day-to-day work, including maintenance of council tax valuation lists. Staffing costs since postponement associated with developing and maintaining the AVM are not recorded separately.

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