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Council Tax dwellings

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  • Release date: 15 January 2015
  • Period covered: 2015-16
  • Next update: 14 January 2016
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 2015-16 is 1,350,943, a rise of 0.6% over the previous year.  In tax raising terms, this total is equivalent to 1,210,462 band D dwellings. Torfaen is showing the highest increase of band D equivalent dwellings at 1.6%.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf has the highest number of band A properties (43,890).  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 liable person.
  • There are 56,503 dwellings in Wales that are exempt from council tax.  This represents 4% of all dwellings. The largest exempt category is empty and unfurnished at 18,763, followed by student dwellings at 14,668, with 5,470 dwellings being exempt as a result of being vacant on death.


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