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Complaints result in tax bill reductions in South Kesteven

Dozens of residents contested their council tax bills last year, figures reveal.

Seventy challenges over which band their property was in were made by South Kesteven residents to the Valuation Office Agency in 2018-19 - a drop from 80 the previous year.

A total of 90 complaints, including some that were carried over from previous years, resulted in a reduction in tax bills during the course of the year, while 50 were unchanged.

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Across England and Wales, 36,950 households mounted challenges against their bills, 15,200 of which were requests for a property’s band to be reviewed.

Think tank Resolution Foundation has criticised the “deeply regressive” national council tax system.

Senior economist Adam Corlett said: “It’s farcical that our main property tax is so deeply regressive, and based on house values from nearly 30 years ago. Sooner or later, we are going to need to replace council tax with a far fairer system of property taxation.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said there are no plans to alter the council tax system, a costly exercise that could see bills increase.

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