John Betts (JB) – Interim Executive Director of Finance – updated members on the Council Tax Levies Policy which was to include a new charge on properties empty for at least 10 years and the circumstances where a levy may be waived.
There were 60 properties which would become subject to the new levy with effect from 1 April 2022.
Members welcomed the report and queried whether similar arrangements were in place for commercial properties, also whether ‘Levelling Up’ funds could be used in conjunction?
JB confirmed that commercial properties came under a different framework. A Government White Paper was awaited on Levelling Up.
RESOLVED – That the Panel recommend Cabinet to APPROVE amendments to the current Council Tax Reductions and Levies Policy to cover:-
· A levy of 300% of Council Tax for properties empty for at least 10 years, from 1 April 2022;
· Clarification on circumstances where the levy may be waived.