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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

I am making this request with consideration given to my Freedom of Information rights.
Please could you provide me with any or all information which informs how you decide whether a house is of fit state to charge council tax?

Yours faithfully,

Nigel Colman

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Dear Mr Colman,

Re: help desk request (ticket ref [1]2020011527000329)

Thank you for your recent request submitted under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The decision as to whether a house is
given a council tax banding is for the Assessor and not the council. Any
property on the council tax roll will be charged accordingly but may be
entitled to a reduction depending on the circumstances. There is no
reduction for a property on the basis of the habitable status of the
property.

 

 

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15/01/2020 13:30 - Nigel wrote:
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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

I am making this request with consideration given to my Freedom of
Information
rights.
Please could you provide me with any or all information which informs how
you
decide whether a house is of fit state to charge council tax?

Yours faithfully,

Nigel Colman

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Dear CNES FOI Team,

Thanks for your response in which you state that an assessor decides.

Can you please clarify. Are you telling me that you have no criteria to decide whether a property is eligible for charging council tax on record? And are you also telling me that this decision is carried out by a private sector assessor?

Yours sincerely,

Nigel

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Dear Mr Colman,

Re: help desk request (ticket ref [1]2020011527000329)

In reply to the additional questions:
Are you telling me that you have no criteria to decide whether a property
is eligible for charging council tax on record? As stated previously we
have to charge council tax for every property on the council tax roll as
decided by the Assessor. Some properties do not need to pay as they have
the charge reduced based on their circumstances which is our decision in
line with Scottish Council Tax legislation. There is no reduction
available purely for the reason that the property is uninhabitable.

And are you also telling me that this decision is carried out by a private
sector assessor? The decision on whether a property is on the council tax
roll is made by the Assessor who is NOT based in the private sector. For
more information please visit [2]https://www.saa.gov.uk/the-assessor/

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Kind regards
FOI Team
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar | Sandwick Road | Stornoway | Isle of Lewis |
HS1 2BW
Email: [Comhairle nan Eilean Siar request email]
Web: [3]https://www..cne-siar.gov.uk
Tel: 01851 600 501 (Extension 211598)

15/01/2020 13:30 - Nigel wrote:
[External Email]

Dear CNES FOI Team,

Thanks for your response in which you state that an assessor decides.

Can you please clarify. Are you telling me that you have no criteria to
decide
whether a property is eligible for charging council tax on record? And are
you
also telling me that this decision is carried out by a private sector
assessor?

Yours sincerely,

Nigel

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