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Council Tax

Requested on
Fri 28th March, 2014
Reference
FOI 4160
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. The total council tax charged to all council tax payers (including Council Tax Support claimants) during the course of 2013/14 (2013/14 tax only)
2. The total council tax collected from all council tax payers (including Council Tax Support claimants) during 2013/14, as of 31st March 2014 (2013/14 tax only)
3. The total council tax charged to all “protected” Council Tax Support claimants during the course of 2013/14 (2013/14 tax only)
4. The total council tax collected from all “protected” Council Tax Support claimants during 2013/14, as of 31st March 2014 (2013/14 tax only)
5. The total council tax charged to all “non-protected” Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during the course of 2013/14 (2013/14 tax only)
6. The total council tax collected from all “non-protected” Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during 2013/14, as of 31st March 2014 (2013/14 tax only)
7. The total number of council tax accounts that were in receipt of working age Council Tax Support at some point during 2013/14 (if known)

In questions 3-6, “protected” means those claimants who are entitled to a maximum of 100% support (prior to income-based means testing) under the council’s 2013/14 Council Tax Support scheme – this will include pensioners, and may include disabled people, lone parents etc, depending on the council’s CTS scheme. Note – this includes claimants who are required to pay some council tax due to the income means test, but are nevertheless “protected” groups under the council’s CTS scheme (needless to say, a claimant who is ineligible for CTS once the means test has been carried out is not considered a claimant). “Non-protected” means those falling outside protected groups – this will essentially mean most working age claimants.

If data is not held (or is not obtainable within the section 12 cost limit) for questions 3-6, please provide data for the following questions 8-11:
8. The total council tax charged to all pension age Council Tax Support claimants during the course of 2013/14 (2013/14 tax only)
9. The total council tax collected from all pension age Council Tax Support claimants) during 2013/14, as of 31st March 2014 (2013/14 tax only)
10. The total council tax charged to all working age Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during the course of 2013/14 (2013/14 tax only)
11. The total council tax collected from all working age Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during 2013/14, as of 31st March 2014 (2013/14 tax only)

Please note - ALL QUESTIONS ARE NET OF AWARDED BENEFITS, DISCOUNTS AND EXEMPTIONS. This request relates to net collectible debts.

The information the council supplies for questions 1-11 depends on how the council records such data – if the council does not hold the data in the requested form for any question, it is not expected to examine individual council tax payer records to create the data. This should ensure that the section 12 exemption does not arise. If the council does not have the requested data, but does hold similar data – e.g. data for Council Tax Support claimants formerly entitled to 100% Council Tax Benefit – please provide that data with a brief description of what is being measured.

If data for questions 2, 4 and 6 (or 2, 9 and 11) are not available as of 31st March 2014, please provide data correct to either 1st April 2014 or the most recent data available preceding 31st March 2014 (please state the date the data is correct to).

Answer

1.       The total council tax charged to all council tax payers (including Council Tax Support claimants) during the course of 2013/14 (2013/14 tax only)  £75,317,977.97
2.       The total council tax collected from all council tax payers (including Council Tax Support claimants) during 2013/14, as of 31st March 2014 (2013/14 tax only)  £73,611,000.46
Regarding the remaining quesitons our Council Tax service do not hold this data in a format which allows for easy collation of the information.  The time required to locate and retrieve the requested information would exceed the appropriate limit for dealing with requests set out in section 12 of the Act and the Appropriate Limit and Fees Regulations. 
Council Tax have said they could provide the following if it would be of interest to you:
• The 2013/14 Council Tax collection rate for all current Council Tax support recipients (as at 31st March 2014)
• The 2013/14 Council Tax collection rate for all current ‘non-protected’ Council Tax support recipients in receipt of maximum CTS (as at 31st March 2014)
• The 2013/14 Council Tax collection rate for all Council Tax support recipients at any time during 2013/14 (as at 31st March 2014)

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