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FOI 5977

Council Tax

Request

I am undertaking research into patterns of council tax and housing rent setting.

I would like, preferably in Excel spreadsheet form, the records your authority holds on the charges for all tax bands and average rent charged in as many financial years as you can provide – preferably all of them.

I would like you to denote on the spreadsheet the financial years in which council elections were held (NB: excluding by-elections and other anomalies; I am referring only to the years in which scheduled elections took place).

Where possible, state the political group in overall control of the council at its annual meeting in each of the years for which figures are provided (or state no overall control, where applicable). To be clear, this would usually confirm the political group responsible for setting rent and tax for the subsequent year. Please do not refuse the request in its entirety on the basis of being unable to answer only this part of it.

If your authority does not have responsibility for housing stock, please ignore only this aspect of the request. If your authority was formerly responsible for setting rent, please provide all relevant data up to that point.

If your authority does not have responsibility for housing stock, please ignore only this aspect of the request. If your authority was formerly responsible for setting rent, please provide all relevant data up to that point.

If for some reason your figures for tax include affiliated authorities (such as police and fire authorities), please make this clear.

Response

With reference to your Freedom of Information request below, please find attached details of Council Tax (the Xerox scan), showing the dates the Council Tax was set each year and the amounts for each band. I have been able to obtain the information from the first year of Council Tax, 1993/1994, up to and including the amounts set for the current year, 2013/2014.

Please also find attached the details required concerning the elections and political control of the Council.

Information is given below concerning average rent levels since 200/2004 to the present year:-