To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tax appeals relating to England have been considered in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 to date by the Valuation Tribunal Service; and what proportion and how many resulted in a lower council tax banding for the householder.
The Valuation Tribunal Service (VTS) has held information centrally on the number of successful appeals since the beginning of 2006-07.
|Number of council tax appeals received||Number of council tax appeals considered by tribunals||Percentage of considered appeals that were allowed or allowed in part|
|2007-08 (to 31 December 2007)||25,141||4,176||19.01|
|n/a = not available|
It is wrong to assume that all banding appeals are about reducing a property's banding. An appeal can be made on other grounds, such as how a previously single dwelling should be split up into a number of separate units (e.g. flats), and from what date the change should appear in the valuation list. The VTS does not currently keep information on whether allowing an appeal, in full or in part, results in a change of banding.