Changes to Council Tax Discounts

Closed 28 Dec 2016

Opened 2 Nov 2016

Overview

Overview

In April 2013 Government changed legislation allowing authorities to set the level of discount for empty properties.

 Which exemptions were affected by the proposed Government changes?

Exemption

Description

Class A

Unoccupied properties undergoing repair or major structural alteration

Class C

Unoccupied and unfurnished

Class C Long term empty Properties

Properties that have been empty and unfurnished for 24 months or more

 

What are the current levels of discount?

Discount class since 1st April 2013

Discount/Surcharge

Empty/unfurnished

100% discount for one month followed by a full charge

Empty/unfurnished and undergoing major repairs/uninhabitable

50% charge for 12 months followed by a full charge

Empty/unfurnished for two years or more

Surcharge of 50%

Second home

5%

 

What are the proposed changes?

Discount class

Proposed Discount/Surcharge

Empty/unfurnished

0% Discount

Empty/unfurnished and undergoing major repairs/uninhabitable

0% Discount

Empty/unfurnished for two years or more

Surcharge of 50%

Second home

0% Discount

 

Why We Are Consulting

Reading’s budget for local services remains under substantial pressure.

The amount of money set aside for local government has fallen - and the share of that national budget that is then allocated to Reading has also declined.

Over the next three years the Council will be making a series of budget proposals to make the savings needed. We want you to be informed and have your say.

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