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Number of residential properties increases by 1,700 since 2018

22 November 2019

Updated council tax data for July 2019 includes council tax reduction scheme benefit claimants, single person relief discount, number of properties and occupied properties, and empty homes. The data appears in a number of outputs and links to some of these are given below:



Data has been extracted annually from council tax systems since 1995, and since then the number of properties on the system has grown from 155,700 to around 188,100 today, an increase of around 21%, with around 1,700 added in Kirklees since July 2018. Across Kirklees the growth has not been equal with Newsome ward experiencing the largest percentage increase (44.1%, 3358 properties), with Dalton the lowest (8.3%, 619 properties). Newsome is an area which has seen much development of dedicated student accommodation in recent years.

Note: In 2019 the script used to provide the annual Council Tax Reduction download had to be re-written which resulted in an increase in claimants of about 8% from 2018. It is thought that this may be due to the inclusion of claims which are still live but which may not be getting any payment at the moment and haven’t yet been cancelled. The Council Tax Reduction data is dated as of September 2019 rather than the normal July download date.

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