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Home Resident Council Tax Council Tax Premiums Consultation

Council Tax Premiums Consultation

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From 1 April 2017 under Part 7, Section 139 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, Authorities in Wales have the discretion to charge Council Tax Premiums on long-term empty properties and second homes.

Conwy County Borough Council, at its meeting on 8th December 2022 (in accordance with section 12a and 12b of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as inserted by section 139 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014), made the following determinations:

  1. That the decision to charge a 50% Council Tax Premium for both Second Homes and Long-Term Empty Homes from 1st April 2023 be approved, and also to
  2. Recommend an indicative level of 100% Council Tax Premium on Second Homes and Long-Term Empty Homes from 1st April 2024 (subject to review during 2023/2024).

The Affordable Housing (Council Tax Premium) Working Group of Members meet each financial year to review the position, duly taking into account all of the available information and latest consultation results prior to proposing a recommendation, which is then reviewed and considered through the democratic process.

The levying of the Premium has the potential to generate additional revenue, it is intended to be a tool to -

  • Bring Long-Term Empty Homes back into use
  • Increase the supply of affordable housing
  • Enhance the sustainability of local communities
  • Help meet local housing needs.

The Premium income currently helps to support the Housing and Homelessness budget.

A further consultation on the proposed premiums is currently being undertaken by Conwy County Borough Council and we would value your input into the consultation. The consultation results will be considered by the Affordable Housing (Council Tax Premium) Working Group.

This consultation ends on 14 July 2023.

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