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JOHN REDWOOD RELEASES LATEST COUNCIL TAX FIGURES

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Provisional council tax figures released today by the DoE show that on the basis of information from 172 billing au...
Provisional council tax figures released today by the DoE show that on the basis of information from 172 billing authorities, the headline tax for band C is £487.

Because some of the later figures may be higher it is estimated that the final average figure will be a little higher (two thirds of households are in bands A-C).

The final average household bill, before transitional relief and benefit, will be about £460. The comparable community charge figure for this year is £486.

After taking into account transitional relief the average council tax bill will be about the same as the average community charge bill at around £440.

Local Government Minister John Redwood, said: 'There is now considerable evidence that the average household will be paying no more council tax than community charge. This is partly down to local authorities responding to our call for restraint and partly down to forecasts of improved collection.

'Most people will be greatly reassured to see the figures for their area. More than half will have their bill reduced by transitional relief, discounts, benefit or reductions for disability'.

The DoE figures are based on provisional information for 172 out of the 366 billing authorities in England.

The figures for average household bills are based on the provisional estimate of the council tax requirement divided by the number of dwellings tax paying households in England (19.6 million). This gives an amount net of single adult and other discounts of £460. The average net of transitional relief is about £440.

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