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Council Tax dwellings

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  • Release date: 18 January 2018
  • Period covered: 2018-19
  • Next update: 17 January 2019
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 2018-19, is expected to rise by 5,227 or 0.4% over the previous year to 1,375,172. For calculating Revenue Support Grant, this total is equivalent to 1,233,371 band D dwellings. Vale of Glamorgan shows the highest increase of band D equivalent dwellings at 1.2%.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf has the highest number of band A dwellings (44,221). 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 57,700 dwellings in Wales that are exempt from council tax. This represents 4% of all dwellings. The largest exempt category is empty and unfurnished at 17,659, followed by student dwellings at 16,555, with 5,839 dwellings being exempt as a result of being vacant on death.
  • 6 local authorities are charging a long term empty home premium and 6 are charging a second home premium. 16,567 long term empty homes in Wales receive a 50% discount.


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