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Information on number of dwellings liable for council tax, banding, discounts and exemptions for April 2020 to March 2021.

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The total number of dwellings liable for council tax in Wales for 2020-21 is expected to rise by 8,011 or 0.6% over the previous year to 1,388,582. For calculating Revenue Support Grant, this total is equivalent to 1,252,626 band D dwellings. Vale of Glamorgan shows the highest increase of band D equivalent dwellings at 2.3%.

Rhondda Cynon Taf has the highest number of band A dwellings (44,471). Blaenau Gwent has the highest proportion of dwellings in band A (58%), Monmouthshire has the lowest (1%).

Over 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 60,650 dwellings in Wales that are exempt from council tax. This represents 4.2% of all dwellings. The largest exempt category is empty and unfurnished at 17,438, followed by student dwellings at 16,802, with 6,377 dwellings being exempt as a result of being vacant on death.

11 local authorities are charging a long term empty home premium and 8 are charging a second home premium. Most authorities no longer give any discounts to long term empty or second homes.


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