HC Deb 21 July 1949 vol 467 c1538
27. Mr. Lipson

asked the Minister of Health if he has considered the information sent to him concerning certain properties in Cheltenham, which have been re-assessed and the revised assessment dated back to the beginning of the current financial year, resulting in certain instances in back payments of several hundreds of pounds; and whether he will take steps to introduce amending legislation so that proposals for the amendment of the valuation list shall have effect only from the date of their service.

Mr. Bevan

I have considered this information, but I do not think there is any reason to change the basis for he operative date of a proposal.

Mr. Lipson

If the right hon. Gentleman is not able to do that, may I ask him whether he will suggest to local authorities that an area should not have its assessments revised piecemeal but should be taken as a whole, and that the operating date should be as near as possible to such time as will not involve any considerable back-dating, which causes considerable hardship to many people?

Mr. Bevan

If property is assessed upwards, it will mean, of course, that the ratepayers have been paying less before. To put it back to the date of the precept is a compromise which favours the ratepayer.

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