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Council Tax dwellings

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  • Release date: 18 January 2017
  • Period covered: 2017-18
  • Next update: 18 January 2018
An annual report which includes information on number of dwellings liable for council tax, banding, discounts and exemptions.

Key points

  • The total number of dwellings liable for council tax in Wales for 2017-18, has risen by 10,966 or 0.8% over the previous year to 1,369,946. For calculating Revenue Support Grant, this total is equivalent to 1,228,695 band D dwellings. Newport shows the highest increase of band D equivalent dwellings at 2.6%.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf has the highest number of band A dwellings (44,059). Blaenau Gwent has the highest proportion of dwellings in band A (59%), Monmouthshire has the lowest (1%).
  • Around a third of dwellings in Wales receive a 25% discount, generally due to being occupied by only one person liable for council tax.
  • There are 56,064 dwellings in Wales that are exempt from council tax. This represents 3.9% of all dwellings. The largest exempt category is empty and unfurnished at 17,621, followed by student dwellings at 15,189, with 5,855 dwellings being exempt as a result of being vacant on death.
  • For the first time, 5 local authorities are charging a long term empty home premium and 5 are charging a second home premium.


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