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Wealden council tax increases from overspending and negligence

 

 

 

INSPECTION OF THE COUNCIL'S ACCOUNTS - PUBLIC RIGHTS


Regulation 15(2)(b) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 requires the local authority to make their accounts open for inspection between 8.45am and 5pm Mondays to Fridays, where any person interested may on reasonable notice inspect and make copies of the accounts of the council in relation to the previous year. This includes sight of all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts that your council have incurred in the previous year, usually from March to March. The Accounts are typically open for inspection from June to July.

 

 

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Charlotte Corkish

 

 

 

Valuations Office Appeals Tribunal property taxes and councils

 

 

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If you are unhappy with the valuation of your property, you can take the matter to the Valuation Tribunal. They are billed as being the independent body for council tax and rating appeals. The correspondence address of which is:

 

2nd Floor

120 Lehman Street

London

E1 8EU

 

One interesting appeal at the moment is that for Herstmonceux Museum, where the Trust dealing with the a proposed valuation of 660,000 by the Wealden District Council is at pains to point out that only one small section of the premises is being used residentially.

 

The remainder of the registered title is divided in use as an office and workshop and a studio flat. It is the studio flat that is used residentially, and this small section could hardly be valued in Band E. Whereas, according to the Government guidance on assessments: 

 

"HMOs with adapted letting rooms: Separately let rooms in a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) may have been adapted, for example, so that they have their own kitchenette or separate shower/bath and WC. They will be given their own band even though may share some facilities. In making a decision, the VOA will look at the degree to which each part has been structurally altered."

 

Previously this site was classed as "Historic" and placed in Band A. Subsequently the entry was deleted in July of 1997.

 

Values are based on the open market values in 1991. Clearly then, and as supported by the 1997 deletion, this property should be in Band A. It would seem to be an open and shut case except for any deliberate misdirection on the part of either Wealden District Council, or the Valuation Office.

 

Council Tax bands in England - Band Value at 1 April 1991:


Band

Value at 1 April 1991

Multiplier

2018 value estimates

Council Tax WDC Hx

-

-

- -

A

up to 40,000

7 up to           280,000 1271.49

B

40,001 to 52,000

7.5 280,000 to 390,000 1483.39

C

52,001 to 68,000

7 390,000 to 480,000 1659.31

D

68,001 to 88,000

6.75 480,000 to 570,000  1907.22

E

88,001 to 120,000

6.5 570,000 to 780,000 2331.05

F

120,001 to 160,000

6 780,000 to 960,000 2754.87

G

160,001 to 320,000

6 960,000 to 1,600,000 3178.71

H

more than 320,000

6 more than  1,600,000 3814.44

I

N/A

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OAKWOOD, LIME PARK, HERSTMONCEUX, HAILSHAM, EAST SUSSEX BN27 1RF Last update on 03/07/2018


Local authority
reference number

Council Tax band

Improvement indicator

With effect
from

Mixed use
property

Court
code

126600350902

Deleted

 

31/07/1997

No

 

Formal challenge details for OAKWOOD, LIME PARK, HERSTMONCEUX, HAILSHAM, EAST SUSSEX BN27 1RF

Local authority: WEALDEN
Local authority reference number: 126600350902
Council Tax band:  A  (Historic)

 

 

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