Council Tax: Empty Property

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th March 2009.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 117W, on council tax: empty property, what the conclusion of the research commissioned by her Department on the exercise of discretionary council tax power by local authorities in respect of long-term empty homes was; and whether she plans to review Government policy in light of this research.

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

The report, including its conclusions, by Roger Tym Partnership in association with Three Dragons, "Application of discretionary council tax powers for empty homes", is available on Communities and Local Government's website at the following link:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/counciltaxemptyhomes

The Government have no plans to review their policy on local authorities' discretionary power to reduce the council tax discount on empty properties.

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