Council Tax: Parish Councils

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) what the estimated gross revenue from parish council precepts is in England in 2008-09;

(2) what the gross revenue from parish council precepts was in England in each year since 1997-98.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

The total value of local precepts issued for each financial year since 1997-98 are shown in the following table. The figures represent the value issued by local precepting authorities, or anticipated by the relevant billing authority.

Financial year Value (£ million)
1997-98 144
1998-99 154
1999-2000 165
2000-01 181
2001-02 193
2002-03 210
2003-04 226
2004-05 242
2005-06 260
2006-07 282
2007-08 299
2008-09 323

The data are as reported on Budget Requirement forms submitted annually by all billing authorities in England to Communities and Local Government. The figure for 2008-09 was published in the Statistical Release 'Council Tax levels set by local authorities in England 2008-09' on 27 March 2008. A copy of the release is available on the Communities and Local Government website at:

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