7,000 more homes than 10 years ago

THE number of houses in Calderdale eligible for council tax has risen to just over 90,000.

And there are 7,000 more homes than there were a decade ago, according to latest figures from Calderdale Council.

The biggest increase in the past year has been in the number of homes in band B – up 269 to 44,118. There are 93 fewer in band C (14,899). And there are 46 properties in the top band, H.

A total of 2,598 homes are exempt from council tax and 8,415 get a 25 per cent discount, usually because they have a single occupier.

Householders are being reminded it is free to find out if they are paying too much council tax.

Calderdale Council has received several inquiries from residents who say they have been approached by companies offering to act on their behalf.

They offer to find out whether or not a property is in the wrong band and to reclaim overpaid council taxes for a fee.

But Yvonne Kear, the council’s revenues and benefits service manager, said: “People can check their valuation for free.

“Contact your local Valuation Office Agencyat 60 Crown Street, Halifax, by phone on 03000 501501, or visit their website at www.voa.gov.uk.” The Courier reported in August how a group of householders in Halifax tried to check their council tax bands – and landed themselves and neighbours with even bigger bills.

The group thought an error might have meant them paying too much.

Valuation officers sent to the Holmfield area found a number of properties where the bands had been set – too low!