Official Statistics

Council Tax: challenges and changes in England and Wales, 2018-19

This release, published on 19 September 2019, includes revised statistics which were originally published on 30 May 2019 and which are now labelled as provisional.

Documents

Background information (revised)

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Council Tax challenges and changes 2018-19 (revised)

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Council Tax challenges and changes 2018-19 (revised)

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Pre-release access (revised)

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Background information (provisional)

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Council Tax challenges and changes 2018-19 (provisional)

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Council Tax challenges and changes 2018-19 (CSV) (provisional)

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Pre-release access list (provisional)

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Details

Update: 19 September 2019

The statistics published on 30 May 2019 are now labelled as provisional statistics.

Our current methodology is to take a data extract from the Valuation Office Agency’s operational database at a particular date to capture all of the challenges and changes recorded in the financial year at that point in time. The provisional statistics used data on all challenges and changes recorded on VOA computer systems at 31 March 2019. However, as noted previously there may be some delays in the processing of information resulting in some cases not being recorded until after the end of the financial year. Therefore, to take account of this all statistics within this release have been updated using data on challenges and changes as at 30 June 2019. The statistics published on 19 September 2019 are now labelled as revised statistics.

Update: 30 May 2019

As part of our drive to improve the quality of our Official Statistics publications, we are currently reviewing the methodology for these series and we wanted to inform users of this. As set out on in our background information note our current methodology is to take an extract at a particular date for each of the publication years which captures all of the Challenges and Changes recorded in that year at a point in time but that there may be delays in the processing of information on the VOA computer system.

We are currently exploring an improved methodology that better reflects these delays. We are planning on publishing tables under the new methodology in autumn 2019 and until then we are marking our current statistics as provisional.

This release provides statistics on the challenges against entries in the Council Tax valuation lists for England (1993) and Wales (2005), including the reasons and outcomes of the challenges; it also provides statistics on changes to the Council Tax valuation lists. This is the fourth time the VOA has published information on the number of challenges received and the number outstanding.

Statistics are published at national, regional and local authority level.

The figures are derived from data for England and Wales, taken from the VOA’s administrative database as at 31 March 2018.

Counts are rounded to the nearest 10 with counts fewer than five but greater than zero reported as negligible and denoted by ‘-‘. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

For further details on the information included in this release, including a glossary of terms and a variable list for the CSV format files, please refer to the release notes.

If you have any questions or comments about this release, please email the VOA statistics team:

The VOA statistics team

Published 30 May 2019
Last updated 19 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. The revised documents have been added to this page.

  2. First published.