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ONE IN EIGHT COUNCIL TAX APPEALS DEALT WITH, SAYS CURRY

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Almost one in eight of council tax appeals have been settled already, Local Government Minister David Curry said to...
Almost one in eight of council tax appeals have been settled already, Local Government Minister David Curry said today.

The rest will be dealt with as rapidly as possible, Mr Curry told the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation conference in Torquay, adding that listing officers have dealt with 77,500 appeals, most of them in the past two months.

The Minister said he was absolutely determined to see council tax appeals dealt with as quickly and effectively as possible. A prolonged period of uncertainty would displease taxpayers. The absolute priority was that taxpayers' cases should be looked at thoroughly and dealt with fairly and 'instant justice would be rough justice', he commented.

Mr Curry told the conference there have been about 650,000 appeals in England so far, that is only about three per cent of homes. If this rate continues, the grand total should only be about 750,000 when the initial appeal period finishes at the end of November, comfortably below the government's initial ball-park estimate of around one million.

The minister added that the Valuations Office Agency and the Valuation Tribunals are expected to settle the bulk of these by the end of next year. It will only be the most contentious cases that will take any longer.
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