HC Deb 09 December 1992 vol 215 c701W
29. Mr. Bayley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many appeals he expects against council tax valuations; and how many appeals he expects will be heard before 1 April 1993.

Mr. Redwood

It is fruitless to try to predict the number of appeals. As the final banding lists are not compiled until 1 April 1993, appeals are not possible before that date. However, anyone who wishes to correct a factual error in a draft list may approach the local listing officer, who will make any necessary amendments before 1 April.

31. Mr. Carrington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals he has to ensure that local authorities set their council tax at an affordable level.

Mr. Redwood

I am confident that the vast majority of local authorities will play their part in setting affordable council taxes by setting sensible budgets. I have made clear that I shall not hesitate to use my capping powers to protect council tax payers if authorities fail to do so.

34. Mr. Hutton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will introduce measures to reduce the level of council tax in those areas with an above-average proportion of houses in bands D and E.

Mr. Redwood

No. The council tax is a fair tax, which will take account of different individual circumstances and will be applied consistently across the country. The transitional reduction scheme will ensure that households in bands D and E will not face an increase of more than £2.50 and £2.75 a week respectively, if their councils spend at a reasonable level and have a good record on tax collection.

22. Mr. Eastham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what Government support is being provided to reduce the impact of the new council tax.

Mr. Robin Squire

We will be providing £340 million in transitional relief in 1993–94 to limit the initial increase between household community charge bills and the council tax.