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Council Tax dwellings

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  • Release date: 17 January 2019
  • Period covered: 2019-20
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 2019-20, is expected to rise by 5,399 or 0.4% over the previous year to 1,380,571. For calculating Revenue Support Grant, this total is equivalent to 1,239,992 band D dwellings. Rhondda Cynon Taf shows the highest increase of band D equivalent dwellings at 1.6%.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf has the highest number of band A dwellings (44,336). Blaenau Gwent has the highest proportion of dwellings in band A (59%), Monmouthshire has the lowest (1%).
  • Over 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 60,004 dwellings in Wales that are exempt from council tax. This represents 4.2% of all dwellings. The largest exempt category is empty and unfurnished at 18,178, followed by student dwellings at 16,850, with 6,238 dwellings being exempt as a result of being vacant on death.
  • 9 local authorities are charging a long term empty home premium and 7 are charging a second home premium. 12,807 or 50% of long term empty homes in Wales receive a 50% discount.


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