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North West: Council tax
Lucy Breakwell
The Politics Show North West

Council tax demand
Council tax: Is your banding correct?

When your council tax drops through the letter box do you ever question how much it is?

If you have moved house recently do you take much notice which band your new property is in?

The answer is, possibly not but for one estate in Lancashire finding out more about their council tax bill has resulted in a few mini windfalls.

When George Dunn moved into his new house on the Cambridge Drive estate in Hapton he thought he was paying too much council tax so appealed to the local valuation office.

He was successful and his house was re-banded from band C to band B.

He then decided to let the neighbours know and put leaflets through people's doors.

Following that 12 people who thought they were paying too much got together and contacted the local MP, Kitty Ussher who took up their case.

Jim Hancock and Gill Dummigan
Jim Hancock presents Politics Show North West with Gill Dummigan

After a visit from a valuation officer another 120 houses on the estate were re-banded.

Join us on the Politics Show this Sunday when Gill Dummigan reports on why this happened, what local people have to say and how to find out what your neighbours council tax bill is.

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Join Jim Hancock and Gill Dummigan live from Oldham on the Politics Show on Sunday 18 June 2006 at 12:00 on BBC One.

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