Council Tax Bill published

The Council Tax (New Valuation Lists For England) Bill was published today by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The publication of the Bill follows the announcement on September 20 that the government has extended Sir Michael Lyons’ inquiry into local government funding – so that he can consider issues relating to the wider functions of local government and its future role, and postponed the revaluation of council tax in England.

The Bill removes the current requirements in the Local Government Finance Act 1992 for there to be a revaluation of domestic properties, in England, for Council Tax purposes on April 1 2007, and at 10-yearly intervals thereafter.

The Bill will legislate to provide new powers to set a future date for the revaluation so that it too can be part of a fully developed package of funding reforms, taking full account of Sir Michael’s further work.